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05-24-2005, 06:59 PM
Posts news links here please.

05-24-2005, 07:32 PM

05-24-2005, 07:50 PM
Family Remembers Slain Durham Woman As Quiet, Graceful (http://www.wral.com/photos/3999240/detail.html)

Above is a link to WRAL.com's photos and videos page. The title is is the one given to the story they did on Janet's murder and her family, the Christiansens, today, May 24, 2005.

05-24-2005, 09:25 PM
News Stories

Police Investigate Homicide, April 27, 2005:

*Slain Durham Woman Leaves 6-Month-Old Child Behind, April 27, 2005:
http://www.nbc17.com/news/4421425/detail.html (http://www.nbc17.com/news/4421425/detail.html)

Woman's Body Found in Home, April 28, 2005:
http://newsobserver.com/news/story/...p-8731092c.html (http://newsobserver.com/news/story/2353536p-8731092c.html)

Few Clues in Murder of Durham Mother, April 28, 2005:

Durham Police Tightlipped About Woman's Murder, April 29, 2005:

*Woman's family mourns, April 29, 2005
Inquiry continues in Durham slaying

New Details in Death of Durham, May 2, 2005:
http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/news/05...estigation.html (http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/news/050205_NW_abaroainvestigation.html)

Police: Young Mother's Slaying Not Random, May 2, 2005:

Police Say Woman Died from Being Stabbed, May 2, 2005:
http://rdu.news14.com/content/headl...D=68483&SecID=2 (http://rdu.news14.com/content/headlines/?ArID=68483&SecID=2)

Police Say Woman Was Stabbed to Death, May 3, 2005:
http://rdu.news14.com/content/headl...D=68495&SecID=2 (http://rdu.news14.com/content/headlines/?ArID=68495&SecID=2)

Search Warrant Reveals Details In Stabbing Of Durham Woman, May 3, 2005:

Officers Took Knives, Scissors for Murdered Woman's Home, May 3, 2005

*Police ask to examine vehicle again, May 3, 2005:
http://newsobserver.com/news/story/2368828p-8746832c.html (http://newsobserver.com/news/story/2368828p-8746832c.html)

Affidavit made public in Durham woman's murder, May 4, 2005
http://rdu.news14.com/content/headl...D=68563&SecID=2 (http://rdu.news14.com/content/headlines/?ArID=68563&SecID=2)

Police Notes - Annandale woman found murdered in her N.C. home, May 5, 2005:
http://www.timescommunity.com/site/...id=511688&rfi=6 (http://www.timescommunity.com/site/tab5.cfm?newsid=14470746&BRD=2553&PAG=461&dept_id=511688&rfi=6)

Funeral, Fund Set in Stabbing Death, May 5, 2005:
http://newsobserver.com/news/story/...p-8752598c.html (http://newsobserver.com/news/story/2374592p-8752598c.html)

Funeral Arrangements Made for Young Durham Mother, May 5, 2005:
http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/news/05...roafuneral.html (http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/news/050505_NW_abaroafuneral.html)

Funeral Scheduled for Murdered Durham Woman, May 6, 2005:

Note: * stories were added later tonight when the links were found

05-24-2005, 10:14 PM
Janet Christiansen Abaroa, SVU Class '00

Buena Vista, VA, Apr 26, 2005

President Smith regrets to inform the SVU family of the death of Janet Christiansen Abaroa, SVU Class of '00. Janet Christiansen Abaroa, 25, died on April 26, 2005. Her body was found in her home in Durham, NC.

Janet Christiansen Abaroa attended Southern Virginia University as a freshman in August 1998. As a freshmen Mid-Fielder, from Annandale, VA, Janet was a pioneer who helped make history at SVU as a member of the inaugural women's soccer team. She helped lead her team to back-to-back National Small College Athletic Association (NSCAA) Championship victories in 1998 and 1999. Her sister and teammate Erika Christiansen was also a member of the 1999 championship team and SVU Class of '03. Janet graduated with her Associates Degree in Social Sciences in Dec. 2000.

Janet was a Scholar Athlete. After taking a year off to be with her husband, Raven Abaroa, she returned to SVU in August 2001 to complete her last two years. As an upperclassmen, Janet received post-season honors as a United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Academic All-American (cumulative 3.5 GPA or higher) in 2001 & 2002. She was a member of the President's Honor Roll (4.0 GPA), USCAA Player of the Week (Oct. 1-7, 2001) and a member of the USCAA All-Tournament Team in 2002. Janet experienced great athletic accomplishment, academic success and spiritual development during her 4 years at SVU.

A scholarship will be established in Janet's memory to benefit a student-athlete on the women's soccer team. Gifts made to the SVU Development Office in Janet's memory will be used to establish the Janet Christiansen Abaroa Pioneer Scholarship. To contribute to this scholarship, checks should be made out to Southern Virginia University, with a notation that the gift is in memory of Janet Christiansen Abaroa. On-line donations can also be made through the Development Office Website. When donating on-line, check the box listed as "Other" and write Janet Christiansen Abaroa Pioneer Scholarship in the text box. Checks should be sent to:

SVU Development Office
One University Hill Drive
Buena Vista, VA 24416

05-31-2005, 02:30 PM
Here are pics from Janets SVU's 2003 graduation:



06-04-2005, 06:39 AM

New Video Surfaces of Abaroas

Janet and Raven Abaroa spoke in a 2003 Christmas video.
By Erin O'Hearn
(06/03/05 -- DURHAM) — Durham police are not saying much about the brutal murder of Janet Abaroa,

The 25-year-old mother was found stabbed to death inside her Ferrand Drive home on April 26. Investigators have not revealed any suspects. They say it was not a random crime and the public is not in any danger.

Eyewitness News has new video of the Abaroas, giving us a glimpse into their life before Janet Abaroa was murdered. In a 2003 Christmas video card on the Internet, we see Janet and her husband, Raven, goofing off. A seemingly bashful Janet twirls for the camera, showing off new clothes, then Raven jokes about being in the South.

"I got myself a buck knife, too. In case you ever come across a deer and you want to take some of it home," he said. "That's my new knife. I got it for Christmas. I bought it myself. My dad would be very proud of me."

Police have searched Raven Abaroa's SUV and the couple's home. He has moved out of the house. The couple's 6-month-old son, Kaiden, is staying with his father and other relatives.

06-04-2005, 10:28 AM
http://www.officer.com/news/IBS/wral/news-2689205.html (http://www.officer.com/news/IBS/wral/news-2689205.html)

... Neighbors say Abaroa and her husband, Raven, had recently moved into the neighborhood and they knew little about them. They described the couple, which recently had a baby, as quiet ...

06-16-2005, 02:16 PM
re: embezzlement hearing june 10/2005..

Herald-Sun, The (Durham, NC)

June 11, 2005
Section: Durham
Edition: Final
Page: E2

Victim's husband to get hearing
Spouse is accused of embezzlement
From staff reports </I></FONT>

While Durham police detectives continue to investigate the April murder of Janet Abaroa, attorneys met Friday to discuss fraud charges her husband is facing in Orange County. Orange County Assistant District Attorney Jacqueline Perez said she met with Julian Mack to discuss details of five counts of embezzlement his client, Raven Abaroa, is facing.

The pair set a hearing for July 22, Perez said.

"Hopefully, by that day I will know whether I will indict him or if we will do some kind of plea," she said. "But there is no offer on the table right now."

06-28-2005, 10:55 AM
WTVD Video Player (http://ww2.abc11tv.com/global/video/popup/pop_player.asp?ClipID1=439696&h1=VIDEO:%20New%20Video%20Surfaces%20of%20Abaroas&vt1=v&at1=News&d1=118100&activePane=info&playerVersion=1&rnd=50714986) from article at Eyewitness News 11.com: New Video Surfaces of Abaroas (http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/news/060305_NW_abaroacouple.html)

From the video: "police insist this was not a random act and the public isn't in any danger."

07-06-2005, 09:16 PM
New Television News Report
Ok, here's a television report from this morning, July 6, on the local 24 hour news channel, News14 Carolina. There is a video on the page as well (these usually don't last too long on these links).

The key statement from the police spokeswoman:

"What our investigation has shown so far is that we don't believe this was a random act of violence but at this time no charges have been filed and any information would be helpful,” said Kammie Michaels of the Durham Police Department."

http://rdu.news14.com/content/your_...D=42&ArID=71722 (http://rdu.news14.com/content/your_news/durhamchapel_hill/?SecID=42&ArID=71722)

07-06-2005, 09:18 PM
Copying Juliagoulia's post here as well:

New Media Story
The News Gazette, a paper for the Lexington, Buena Vista and Southern Virginia University communities, published a story today:

http://www.thenews-gazette.com/arti...news/local2.txt (http://www.thenews-gazette.com/articles/2005/07/06/news/local2.txt)

A quote from the article:
"Michaels reported a resurgence of media attention on the murder after two months had passed and was scheduled to appear on two televised broadcasts on July 5."

Every story could help--you never know what other sources could pick it up.

Please keep seeking media help and JFJ!

07-22-2005, 07:56 PM

Prosecutors Offer Deal On Embezzlement Charges To Husband Of Slain Durham Mother

POSTED: 7:16 pm EDT July 22, 2005
UPDATED: 7:29 pm EDT July 22, 2005

DURHAM, N.C. -- Prosecutors offered the husband of a homicide victim a plea deal on embezzlement charges.

Raven Abaroa is accused of taking thousands of dollars from the business where he and his wife worked. Officials have not said if Abaroa wants the deal.

07-23-2005, 06:43 AM

Plea offered in embezzlement case

BY ERIC OLSON : The Herald-Sun
Jul 22, 2005 : 9:56 pm ET

The Orange County District Attorney's Office has offered a plea agreement in the embezzlement charges facing Raven Abaroa, whose wife was murdered in Durham in April.

Should Abaroa accept, the deal would place him on probation and force him to make some $9,000 of restitution to his former employer, Assistant District Attorney Jacqueline Perez said.

"That's just what we talked about," Perez said. "Mr. Abaroa hasn't agreed to anything yet."

Perez said she should know by Aug. 23 whether or not Abaroa would agree to the deal. Otherwise, she would indict Abaroa on five counts of embezzlement and put the case before the Sept. 21 grand jury session, she said.

"Since I don't know if he's going to plead or not, I can't say what's going to happen," she said. "And if he does, it's going to be probation and restitution."

08-17-2005, 05:21 AM
Police search for murder clues in e-mail (http://www.herald-sun.com/durham/4-637174.html)
Durham Herald Sun - Durham,NC,USA
DURHAM -- Durham police seized information from the e-mail accounts of Janet Abaroa and her husband searching for clues in Abaroa's April stabbing death inside ...


08-17-2005, 02:36 PM
Police Search E-Mail For Clues Into Abaroa's Death

POSTED: 12:14 pm EDT August 17, 2005

DURHAM, N.C. -- E-mail messages are the latest focus in a Durham murder investigation.

Janet Abaroa was found stabbed to death in the bedroom of her home in April. Her 6-month-old son, Kaiden, was also at home but not hurt.

Abaroa's husband, Raven, called 911 saying his wife had been shot.

Now, investigators are sifting through the couple's e-mail accounts to see if there is anything that can lead them to an arrest.

Police have not named any suspects, but say the murder was not random.


08-17-2005, 08:49 PM

I just watched the local ABC news, WTVD - and they also did a story about the email warrant, etc. They showed old footage from the crime scene, etc. The interesting thing they reported was that the warrant specifically was for GOOGLE accounts ("for both Abaroas"). Guess this makes some sense, as we know Raven at one point at least was using a gmail account.

I'll post a link to the story once they post it online. (Or someone else post if you come across it first).

Ok, here's the link to the story:

http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?s...ngle&id=3358729 (http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=triangle&id=3358729)

08-18-2005, 09:26 AM

08-18-2005, 12:47 PM
WRAL.com - News - Autopsy: Durham Mother Found Dead In Home Was Pregnant (http://www.wral.com/news/4867522/detail.html)

... according to an autopsy just released.

08-18-2005, 07:58 PM
Slain woman was due for baby
Autopsy in killing reveals pregnancy

By SAMIHA KHANNA, Staff Writer

DURHAM -- Janet Abaroa was pregnant when she was stabbed to death in her West Durham home, an autopsy report shows.... (more)


08-19-2005, 06:23 AM
Autopsy Reveals Twist in Abaroa's Death


Same story, different outlet.

08-19-2005, 09:15 AM
abc11tv.com: Autopsy Reveals Twist in Abaroa's Death (http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=triangle&id=3361221#)

On the right side of the page, under Related Links - click VIDEO: Autopsy Reveals Twist in Abaroa's Death (http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=triangle&id=3361221#)

08-20-2005, 10:27 PM
Here's a link to a news video about the e-mails that LE is looking into.

Durham Murder Probe Turns To E-Mail Messages (http://www.wral.com/video/4868507/detail.html)

(from this page: WRAL.com - News - Autopsy: Durham Mother Found Dead In Home Was Pregnant (http://www.wral.com/news/4867522/detail.html) )

08-20-2005, 10:35 PM
Nothing new here but good views of the neighborhood, (including three people walking away from the crime scene with a young child on a bicycle). :waitasec:

abc11tv.com: Police Search Computer Records in Murder Probe (http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=triangle&id=3358729#)

When you get to this page, click this headline under the photo of Janet on the right side of the page:

VIDEO: Police Search Computer Records in Murder Probe (http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=triangle&id=3358729#)

08-22-2005, 03:44 PM
Related To Story

(http://www.wral.com/news/4880662/detail.html#)Raven Abaroa

Slain Durham Woman's Husband To Plead Guilty To Embezzlement Charges

POSTED: 11:58 am EDT August 22, 2005

DURHAM, N.C. -- The husband of a Durham woman who was found dead in her home will plead guilty to embezzlement charges, authorities say.

In February, Raven Abaroa was charged with embezzling thousands of dollars from his former employer, Eurosport, where he and his wife worked. Under the plea deal, Abaroa would be on probation and must pay restitution.

In April, Durham police found his wife, 25-year-old Janet Abaroa, stabbed to death in their home. The couple's 6-month-old son, Kaiden, was also in the home, but was not hurt. Police have not made an arrest in the case.

Previous Stories:

August 18, 2005: Autopsy: Durham Mother Found Dead In Home Was Pregnant (http://www.wral.com/news/4867522/detail.html)
August 17, 2005: Police Search E-Mail For Clues Into Abaroa's Death (http://www.wral.com/news/4863076/detail.html)
July 22, 2005: Prosecutors Offer Deal On Embezzlement Charges To Husband Of Slain Durham Mother (http://www.wral.com/news/4760082/detail.html)
May 24, 2005: Family Remembers Slain Durham Woman As Quiet, Graceful (http://www.wral.com/video/4527260/detail.html)
May 3, 2005: Search Warrant Reveals Details In Stabbing Of Durham Woman (http://www.wral.com/news/4443707/detail.html)
May 2, 2005: Police: Durham Mother Stabbed To Death (http://www.wral.com/news/4438990/detail.html)
April 29, 2005: Durham Police Tightlipped About Woman's Murder (http://www.wral.com/news/4431154/detail.html)
April 27, 2005: Police Investigating Possible Homicide In Durham (http://www.wral.com/news/4420205/detail.html)

08-23-2005, 08:25 PM
(http://www.wral.com/news/4880662/detail.html#)Raven Abaroa, who is now living in Utah, pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges that he embezzled money from his former employer.

Slain Durham Woman's Husband Pleads Guilty To Embezzlement Charges

POSTED: 11:58 am EDT August 22, 2005

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. -- The husband of a Durham woman who was found dead in her home returned to the Triangle Tuesday to plead guilty to embezzlement charges.

In February, Raven Abaroa was charged with embezzling thousands of dollars from his former employer, Eurosport, where he and his wife worked.

Abaroa admits he stole thousands of dollars in merchandise from Eurosport in Chapel Hill. He told a judge that he used the money to pay off bills. He accepted a deal with Orange County prosecutors in which he will serve two years and pay back close to $10,000.

In April, Durham police found his wife, Janet Abaroa, stabbed to death in their home. An autopsy report released last week revealed that the 25-year-old was pregnant at the time of her death.

(http://www.wral.com/news/4880662/detail.html#)Janet Abaroa was found dead in her home April 26.

The couple's 6-month-old son, Kaiden, was also in the home, but was not hurt. Abaroa is now raising Kaiden in Utah with the help of his family.

"He's doing pretty good," Abaroa told WRAL. "He's growing, he looks great."

Abaroa would not talk about his wife's death or the investigation, but said he is determined to get through it.

"I think faith has a lot to do with it," he said.

Abaroa's attorney said they were eager for an arrest.

Investigators say they do not believe the murder was random. Last week, Durham investigators obtained a search warrant to gain access to the couple's e-mail accounts. They hope that they may find some information to lead them to an arrest.

Previous Stories:

August 18, 2005: Autopsy: Durham Mother Found Dead In Home Was Pregnant (http://www.wral.com/news/4867522/detail.html)
August 17, 2005: Police Search E-Mail For Clues Into Abaroa's Death (http://www.wral.com/news/4863076/detail.html)
July 22, 2005: Prosecutors Offer Deal On Embezzlement Charges To Husband Of Slain Durham Mother (http://www.wral.com/news/4760082/detail.html)
May 24, 2005: Family Remembers Slain Durham Woman As Quiet, Graceful (http://www.wral.com/video/4527260/detail.html)
May 3, 2005: Search Warrant Reveals Details In Stabbing Of Durham Woman (http://www.wral.com/news/4443707/detail.html)
May 2, 2005: Police: Durham Mother Stabbed To Death (http://www.wral.com/news/4438990/detail.html)
April 29, 2005: Durham Police Tightlipped About Woman's Murder (http://www.wral.com/news/4431154/detail.html)
April 27, 2005: Police Investigating Possible Homicide In Durham (http://www.wral.com/news/4420205/detail.html)

Reporter: Julia Lewis (jlewis@wral.com)
Photographer: Don Ingle (dingle@wral.com)
Web Editor: Kelly Gardner (kgardner@wral.com)
Copyright 2005 by

08-24-2005, 07:01 AM

Man whose wife slain pleads to embezzlement

Aug 23, 2005 : 9:04 pm ET

HILLSBOROUGH -- Raven Abaroa, whose young wife was found stabbed to death in the Durham home she shared with her husband and baby on April 26, pleaded guilty Tuesday to five counts of embezzlement in Orange County Criminal Superior Court.

Abaroa, 25, came from Utah, where he now lives, for the short hearing in front of Superior Court Judge Wade Barber.

Barber approved a plea agreement in the case and put Abaroa on supervised probation for two years, and then agreed to have his probation transferred to Utah. In accordance with the plea agreement, Barber sentenced him to five to six months in prison but then suspended the sentence. He also ordered Abaroa to pay $9,600 to Sports Endeavors Inc. in restitution.

Abaroa was working for Sports Endeavors Inc., which owns Eurosport, a mail-order catalog company for sports equipment located in Hillsborough, when he placed orders for shoes and had them delivered to his home but did not pay for them, according to Assistant District Attorney Jacqueline Perez.

Abaroa would order 25 to 30 pairs of shoes at a time and then resell them, Perez said. The thefts occurred last year when Abaroa worked for the company.

Once he became a suspect, he cooperated with police and allowed them to search his computer and home for evidence needed for prosecution, Perez said.

The shoes were valued at approximately $100 a pair, said Abaroa's attorney, Julian Mack. Mack told the judge that he has another 28 pairs of shoes that he will return to the Hillsborough Police Department in the next day or two as part of the restitution.

Mack told Barber that Abaroa lives with his 10-month-old son in Utah with his family, who are providing help and support for them.

Barber, unaware that Abaroa's wife was murdered in April and that the case is unsolved, questioned Abaroa about where he worked and why he had moved to Utah. Mack interrupted and told Barber that Abaroa's wife Janet had been murdered and that Abaroa returned to Utah to raise his son and be with his family.

Later, Barber asked Abaroa if there was a reason he stole the athletic shoes.

"No," Abaroa replied.

"What did you do with the money?" Barber asked.

"I repaired cars, paid bills," Abaroa said.


08-24-2005, 11:04 AM
Published: Aug 24, 2005
Modified: Aug 24, 2005 3:00 AM
Guilty plea offered in embezzlement
Husband of slain woman is ordered to pay $9,600 to former employer

By JESSICA ROCHA, Staff Writer

HILLSBOROUGH -- A man whose pregnant wife was stabbed to death in the family's Durham home in April pleaded guilty Tuesday to embezzling more than $9,000 from his former employer.

Raven Abaroa, 25, pleaded guilty to five counts of felony embezzlement from Sports Endeavors, identified on its Web site as a soccer and lacrosse company in Hillsborough.

Durham police have not made any arrests or named any suspects in the death of his wife, Janet Abaroa, who was found in her bedroom April 26 after her husband called 911.

Between July and December 2004, Abaroa and a partner ordered dozens of pairs of shoes but had them delivered to his address instead of the store. From there he would sell them, pocketing the cash. The store never received the merchandise or money for it, said Jacqueline Perez, an Orange County assistant district attorney.

In court, Abaroa said he used the cash from the shoe sales for car repairs and paying bills.

Abaroa was ordered to pay $9,600 in restitution and placed on supervised probation for 24 months. If he violates probation, he could spend up to six months in prison.

His probation will be transferred to Utah. That is where Abaroa and his 10-month-old son are living to be closer to Abaroa's family, he told Orange-Chatham Superior Court Judge Wade Barber. Abaroa said he is working as a salesman for a mobile phone contractor.

Staff writer Jessica Rocha can be reached at 932-2008 or jrocha@newsobserver.com. (jrocha@newsobserver.com)

08-29-2005, 01:17 AM

By Paul Bonner : The Herald-Sun
pbonner@heraldsun.com (pbonner@heraldsun.com)
Aug 28, 2005 : 8:35 pm ET

DURHAM -- Woman pregnant when she was killed

Autopsy says stab wound to right side of her neck likely cause of death

Woman pregnant when she was killed

pbonner@heraldsun.com; 419-6621

Janet Abaroa was pregnant when she was stabbed to death in April at the Durham home she shared with her husband and infant son, an autopsy has determined.

A stab wound to the right side of her neck likely caused her death, although a second one to her chest also was potentially lethal, concluded the autopsy, performed April 28 at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Chapel Hill. The autopsy also noted a stab wound to a right-hand finger.

A blood test discovered that she was in an early stage of pregnancy.

The body of Abaroa, 25, was found in a bedroom of her home on Ferrand Drive off Sparger Road on April 26. Her husband, Raven Abaroa, told police he returned home about 11 p.m. and found her slain. Their son, Kaiden, then 6 months old, was in the house but unharmed.

Police say they're continuing to investigate Abaroa's death, and no one has been charged.

Raven Abaroa pleaded guilty last week in Orange County to embezzlement charges filed nearly three months before his wife's death. He received a suspended sentence and probation for five counts of stealing athletic shoes from his employer at the time, Hillsborough-based soccer outfitter Sports Endeavors Inc.

He and Kaiden now live in Utah with his family. Police have divulged little about the case but have said they don't believe the killing was random.

12-14-2005, 07:22 PM

Can you help?

01-05-2006, 10:41 AM
Police in the Triangle investigated a number of bewildering murder cases in 2005.

...In Durham, murders reached a five-year high in 2005. Thirty-eight people were shot, beaten, strangled or stabbed to death within the city limits.

...Twice this year, mourners buried pregnant women. Jarvlin Lassiter's killer must have noticed her third-trimester belly when he shot her. Janet Abaroa was only weeks along with her second child when she was stabbed to death.

STORY: http://www.newsobserver.com/102/story/384135.html

01-24-2006, 02:18 PM
The Durham News | Around Town (http://www.thedurhamnews.com/local/story/2867333p-9324439c.html)

Mapping the Violence
Homicides in 2005

By SAMIHA KHANNA, Staff Writer

Here is a list of the homicides in Durham in 2005. Numbers correspond with the map above...

12. APRIL 26: Janet M. Abaroa, 25, stabbed to death in her home at 2606 Ferrand Drive. She was pregnant. No arrests...

01-25-2006, 12:12 AM
Just saw on the news that a non-profit organization has put together a $5000 tipster reward on Janet's case. They showed a picture of her, the crime scene, and then flashed a picture of Raven and the baby. They repeated that law enforcement doesn't believe the case is random. So is law enforcement just waiting for Raven to step forward and admit that he did it before they have enough evidence to charge him??!!?? This nonsense has gone on long enough!

01-25-2006, 08:26 AM
Published: Jan 25, 2006 12:30 AM
Modified: Jan 25, 2006 02:53 AM

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Samiha Khanna, Staff Writer
For nine months, family and friends have been waiting desperately for an arrest in the killing of Janet Abaroa, a young mother stabbed in her home.

On Tuesday, Durham police released more details about her last day alive and announced a $5,000 reward in the unsolved case.

In his first interview about the killing, the victim's husband said Tuesday that he hoped a reward, if not someone's conscience, would bring clues forward.

"Someone knows something," Raven Abaroa said in a telephone interview. "I don't know what it's going to take."

Janet Abaroa, 25, was found dead by her husband the night of April 26 inside her home at 2606 Ferrand Drive. Her 6-month-old son, Kaiden, was in the next room, uninjured, police said. At the time, police said there were no signs of forced entry and the crime was "not random," but they have not named any suspects.

On Tuesday, police said a laptop computer was missing from the home. They also said that on her last day, Abaroa went to pick up her son from day care, then she and her husband dropped off her car for repairs, according to a Durham police news release.

That evening, the couple hosted a friend from church at their home. About 8:30 p.m., Raven Abaroa went to Morrisville for a soccer game, the release said. About 11 p.m., he returned and found his wife dead, kneeling on the floor of a bedroom, according a medical examiner's report.

An autopsy report later showed that Abaroa was in the early stages of pregnancy when she was killed.

Little information has been released by authorities, but the case is still active, said Dena Kendall, 38, the victim's older sister.

"Our family has been in constant contact with the police," Kendall said Tuesday. Waiting for developments from police is frustrating, she said, "but we have to let them do their job."

Meanwhile, Raven Abaroa, 26, has moved to Utah with Kaiden. He left Durham shortly after his wife's death, he said, because there was no reason to stay.

"The only thing I had there was my family, and my family was taken from me," he said.

Months went by and Kaiden, now 1, took his first steps. He learned to kick a soccer ball, something that would have made his soccer-star mom proud, Raven Abaroa said.

"He knows who his mom is," he said. "He sees pictures of her and says, 'Ma,' " he added, sobbing.

Raven and Janet Abaroa were private people, and now strangers speculate on the details of their lives and the killing on Web sites, he said. He recognizes that even strangers want to see justice for his wife, but he also worries that people personify Janet as weak, as being helplessly victimized. They should remember her as the strong woman she was, he said.

"She [was] the epitome of what a woman should be," he said.

For the next six months, the Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation, based in Modesto, Calif., will pay $5,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the killing.

Carole Carrington, 72, started the foundation in 1999, when her own daughter, granddaughter and family friend were murdered on a trip to Yosemite National Park.

It was publicity of the reward that broke open that case and put a serial killer behind bars, Carrington said. Now, it is how she helps other families.

"When you've got a tragedy in your life, helping other people helps you, too," Carrington said in a telephone interview. Since 1999, the nonprofit foundation has offered more than $2.5 million in 364 cases, including the killing of congressional intern Chandra Levy. Durham CrimeStoppers also is offering up to $1,200 for information. Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator S.W. Vaughan at 560-4440, ext. 247, or CrimeStoppers at 683-1200.

Staff writer Samiha Khanna can be reached at 956-2468 or skhanna@newsobserver.com. (skhanna@newsobserver.com)

02-26-2006, 01:58 AM
The husband is no longer a suspect? How can he go back to Utah when there are outstanding charges against him of embezzlement?

02-26-2006, 09:38 AM
Hi Pinkhammer.

I will do my best to explain this, but I tend to get wordy.

No Person of Interest has been "publicly" named at this time. This just means that Law Enforcement has not come out to say who they 'believe' committed the crime. I still am of the believe that Raven Abaroa is the one and only POI or Suspect.

The Embezzlement case is basically over. Raven has been sentenced to probation, ordered to pay back the money (which I doubt will happen) and there was a few other conditions. He was allowed to leave NC to go to the Utah, because until he he is arrested he is free to do what he wants.

I think he has not been arrested or named a POI yet, because they are still gathering as much as they can against thim. The problem with many circumstantial cases is if they hurry, name a POI and arrest and go to trial on circumstantial evidence, there is a rule called "double jeopardy."

If there is not quite enough evidence to get a conviction the first time, and let's say 5 years down the road, he confesses to the crime and they find more evidence against him, there is really nothing that can be done. It's been tried and it cannot be tried again.

The State has ONE shot to get a conviction, and they need to have their "ducks in a row" their I's and T's dotted and crossed as there is only one shot to get a conviction.

04-26-2006, 02:19 AM

Family awaits answers in death

By BriAnne Dopart : The Herald-Sun
bdopart@heraldsun.com (bdopart@heraldsun.com)
Apr 26, 2006 : 12:01 am ET

DURHAM -- A year after 25-year-old Janet Abaroa's husband reported finding her stabbed to death in the couple's home, family members wait in anguish for answers about her murder.

"Somebody out there has to know something. There's a murderer walking around that killed a pregnant woman and somebody has to know," said Dena Kendall, Abaroa's sister who lives in northern Virginia.

Although police have not released any updates on the case, Durham police spokeswoman Kammie Michael described the investigation as "still very active" and said that investigators are following several leads. She did not elaborate.

However, Michael said, investigators are still looking for a laptop computer that was missing from the home.

Police seized correspondence from both Raven and Janet Abaroa's e-mail accounts from before and after the homicide. Police also confiscated the clothing Raven Abaroa wore the night of the murder.

Raven Abaroa has not been named as a suspect in his wife's murder.

Kendall, who declined to say who she thought murdered her sister, said family members are frustrated by the lack of progress in the investigation.

"It's been slow. I know they're working on it, but it's been a year and nobody's named a suspect," Kendall said.

While acknowledging that she and her family are grateful to Durham police homicide investigators for their work on the case, the family has questions they long to have answered, Kendall said.

"Where did the murder weapon go? It wasn't there when the police got there," she said.

"There would have been blood [on the clothing of the murderer]. Where is that?" she asked.

Raven Abaroa told police he found his wife's body in an upstairs bedroom of their blue, two-story house at 2606 Ferrand Drive at about 11 p.m. on April 26, 2005. Abaroa had been home caring for the couple's 6-month-old son, Kaiden, while Raven Abaroa was at a soccer game, police reported last year.

The first officer to arrive at the house found Abaroa with a knife wound to the chest, lying on her back in a pool of blood. On the walls of the bedroom and near the side entrance of the house, investigators discovered bloodstains. Police did not say if there were signs of forced entry into the home but said that it was not a random act.

An autopsy later revealed that a knife wound to the neck likely killed Abaroa, who was in the early stages of pregnancy.

Both of the Abaroas worked at Sport Endeavors, a sports equipment company in Hillsborough. They were fired when Raven Abaroa was accused of embezzling more than $9,000 from the company.

He pleaded guilty to the charges in August 2005 and was sentenced to supervised probation. He was permitted to move his probation to Utah, where he is caring for Kaiden.

Regardless of the investigation, Kendall and her sister-in-law, Connie Christiansen, said that this week is about remembering Janet.

A vigil for Abaroa will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Durham Marriott Civic Center in conjunction with National Crime Victims' Rights Week, according to family spokesperson Cheryl Cheek.

Christiansen remembers her sister-in-law as funny, quiet, and careful with words. More than anything, Christiansen said, she remembers her sister-in-law as a private person who treasured her family.

"What I remember most was the way she adored her nephews and nieces," Christiansen said. "One year she was in college ... my oldest [child] had just been born, and she made a special trip just to see him. It was so important for her to see him and hold him and love him."

Kendall said she hoped that the anniversary of her sister's death and the vigil help jog people's memories about the night of the murder.

"Maybe this year," she said wishfully, "somebody will say 'Oh, I didn't realize that case was still open.' "

Police ask anyone with information about Abaroa's murder to call the Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division at 560-4440 or CrimeStoppers at 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to an arrest in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.

04-26-2006, 06:13 AM
Janet was not fired from Eurosports, she quit because she was embarrassed because of the embezzlement by her husband is my understanding.

04-26-2006, 01:30 PM
Another one:


Abaroa Murder Still Unsolved

http://a.abclocal.go.com/graphics/v3/global/stockgraphics/icons/wtvd_byline.gif Eyewitness News

(04/26/06 - DURHAM) - One year has passed and no arrests have been made in the murder of a pregnant Durham mother.

Janet Abaroa was found stabbed to death inside her Ferrand Drive home a year ago today.

Her husband, Raven, found her body when he returned home from a soccer game. The couple's 6-month-old son was in the home during the murder. He wasn't hurt.

Abaroa was pregnant with the couple's second child. A vigil for Janet Abaroa will be held on Saturday night at the Durham Marriott Civic Center.

04-26-2006, 11:44 PM

Wednesday marks 1 year anniversary of woman's death
4/26/2006 8:44 AM
By: News 14 Carolina Staff

Janet Abaroa http://rdu.news14.com/images/750.gif (DURHAM) -- It's been a year since a Durham woman was found stabbed to death in her home and still no arrests have been made.

Police say Janet Abaroa's husband found her stabbed to death in their west Durham home in April of last year. The medical examiners office says the 25-year-old mother had been stabbed in the neck and chest.

WATCH THE VIDEO http://rdu.news14.com/content/your_news/durhamchapel_hill/?ArID=83687&SecID=42

Wednesday marks 1 year anniversary of woman's death

Police say Janet Abaroa's husband found her stabbed to death in their west Durham home in April of last year.

An autopsy report shows she was pregnant at the time.

Durham police say the investigation is still very active.

A vigil for Abaroa is Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Durham Marriott Civic Center in conjunction with National Crime Victims' Rights Week.


04-28-2006, 11:45 PM

One Year After Homicide, Durham Woman's Family Looks For Answers

POSTED: 11:14 pm EDT April 28, 2006
UPDATED: 11:18 pm EDT April 28, 2006
DURHAM, N.C. -- It's been one year since 25-year-old Janet Abaroa was stabbed and killed in her Durham home, but her killer is still on the loose. After a tough year without her, her family is honoring her memory.Durham police say the case was not random, but they still haven’t identified a suspect. Abaroa was killed with her 6-month-old child in the house. There was no sign of forced entry.One year later, Abaroa's family is desperate for answers."We don't feel like we are any closer to an end than a year ago," says Abaroa's sister, Dana Kendall.Abaroa never made it to her first Mothers Day, or her son's first birthday. Her family didn't know it when she died, but an autopsy revealed she was pregnant again."They knew this would be hard on me, so they didn't tell me for quite a while," says Janet Christiansen, Abaroa's mother. <li>
On The Web: Tears For Janet (http://www.tearsforjanet.com/) Along with sadness, many family members feel frustration too, but not at police."We know they are doing all they can," says Abaroa’s sister-in-law Connie Christiansen.They feel helpless in knowing their loved one didn't have to die."It was a deliberate act of someone taking her life, and it didn't have to be," says Kendall.The investigation has revealed Abaroa and her husband were having money problems. Raven Abaroa pleaded guilty to embezzling from his workplace. He now lives in Utah with the couple's child.Abaroa's sisters say they don't speak to him often. Her mother wishes she could just speak to her daughter again."I can't call her on the phone,” said Janet Christiansen. “I had her message and someone inadvertently deleted it. I was mad and furious for a week. I wanted to hear her voice."Now, her family and friends are her voice. On Saturday night, they'll light candles to remember her.The candlelight vigil will be held in Janet Abaroa's honor Saturday at 7p.m. at the Civic Center Plaza on Foster Street in Durham. Candles will also be lit in several states at the same time.Reporter: Melissa Buscher (mbuscher@wral.com)
Photographer: Ed Wilson (ewilson@wral.com)
Online Editor: Dana Franks (dfranks@wral.com)

05-10-2006, 09:06 PM
Here is Janet's story on Nancy Grace.


05-15-2006, 12:54 PM
abc11tv.com: Vigil to Remember Abaroa (http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=local&id=4129847)

More than 100 people attended a candlelight vigil to honor a Durham woman found murdered in her home one year ago.

Janet Abaroa died inside her Ferrand Drive home last April. Police still have not found her killer. Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong said the case is still on.

"I wish that I could give you more, but by my presence here, I commit to you that we will do everything we can to bring her killer to justice," he told the crowd at the vigil.

Police do not believe the crime was random, but no arrests have been made. Durham police would like to hear from anyone with information about the case.

09-28-2006, 01:47 AM
http://www.heraldsun.com/durham/4-773718.htmlBy BriAnne Dopart : The Herald-Sun
bdopart@heraldsun.com (bdopart@heraldsun.com)
Sep 27, 2006 : 10:54 pm ET

DURHAM -- After exhausting all leads in the murder case of Janet Abaroa, Durham police homicide investigators are turning to a famed psychic for help.

Lead homicide investigator Jack Cates confirmed Wednesday that investigator S.W. Vaughan has begun using a psychic to assist in developing leads in the 17-month-old probe into the stabbing death of the 25-year-old wife and mother.

Raven Abaroa reported discovering his wife's body in the couple's Ferrand Drive home on April 26, 2005. The murder weapon was never recovered, and while police would not say if there were signs of forced entry into the home, they said they believed the murder "was not a random act."

Cates would not confirm the identity of the psychic, but a source with knowledge of the case told The Herald-Sun that high-profile psychic Laurie McQuary of Lake Oswego, Ore.-based Management by Intuition, had stepped in to help develop leads.

The Herald-Sun was unable to reach McQuary for comment Wednesday.

McQuary, who has appeared on the Court TV show "Psychic Detectives" and been featured on CNN's "Larry King Live," has worked with law enforcement since 1985, according to her Web site. She has aided in investigations ranging from missing persons to homicides. She is married to a former Oregon homicide detective whom she met while working on a case.

That story is the subject of a book and a documentary that has aired on the Lifetime cable channel.

Janet Abaroa's sister, Dena Kendall, said the family has long been encouraging homicide investigators to use a psychic in hopes that investigators might uncover evidence that will lead to an arrest.

"We'll do anything we can to help solve the case," Kendall said. "We'll do whatever it takes."

Chief Steve Chalmers said he wasn't aware Vaughan had begun using the help of a psychic in the Abaroa murder investigation but said that it didn't surprise him.

He has encouraged all of his investigators to "get creative and think outside the box," he said.

"We're going to use every tool available to us to substantiate evidence," he added. "There are people who believe in it and people who don't. But we have a responsibility to gather any evidence we can. It's our responsibility to seek out those individuals who can help us regardless of any cynicism."

The Herald-Sun could not confirm if McQuary was being paid by anyone for her services. The city's Finance Department reported that no checks had been issued to anyone by her name.

Although instances are few and far between, the Abaroa case is not the first time Durham law enforcement has been assisted by a psychic, according to Capt. Paul Martin of the Sheriff's Office.

Martin, a former captain with the Durham Police Department, recalled Sheriff's Office investigators using the assistance of psychic Dorothy Allison in the search for the body of 13-year-old Darlene Tilley in the fall of 1980.

"It's something that has been done around the country for a while now ... the success rate I don't know," Martin said.

"I would do anything to clear a difficult case," he added.

Durham resident Gerald Endress said he wasn't surprised to learn that police had enlisted McQuary's assistance, especially since the idea of involving psychics in investigations has been so popularized on television. If all other leads have been exhausted, Endress said, using a psychic might be a good idea.

Resident Kathy Fitts agreed, but said she hoped tax dollars aren't being used to foot the bill.

"You expect your tax dollars to be going to city improvements ... not toward things you would hope the police department would be able to do on their own," she said.

09-28-2006, 01:48 AM

DURHAM, N.C. -- NBC17 has learned that Durham police have made a new attempt to solve a cold murder case.

NBC17 has confirmed that a psychic was called in to help with the Janet Abaroa murder investigation.

In April 2005, the 25-year-old mother was found stabbed to death inside her Durham home.
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Psychic Laurie McQuary is in the Triangle and is working on the case with investigators.

Police said there were no signs of a break-in at the crime scene, and they do not believe it was a random act.

Authorities have not charged anyone in connection with the case.

A reward is being offered for any information that leads to an arrest.

09-28-2006, 11:06 AM
Police Use Psychic in Murder Investigation WTVD Eyewitness News


(09/28/06 - DURHAM) -
Durham Police are turning to a psychic to solve a 17-month-old murder investigation.

Wednesday's Herald Sun is reporting that police are getting help from psychic Laurie McQuary in the murder of Janet Abaroa. The 25-year-old wife and mother was found stabbed to death in her Durham home last year. Her family has apparently been urging police to seek the help of a psychic.

09-29-2006, 08:59 AM

Psychic Called In To Help Solve Durham Slaying


POSTED: 12:25 pm EDT September 28, 2006

DURHAM, N.C. -- Durham police asked a woman who claims she is a psychic to help try and solve the murder of a young, pregnant mother.

Janet Abaroa was found stabbed to death in her home more than a year ago. Abaroa's husband, Raven, told police he came home and found his wife's dead body.

The couple's 6-month-old son was found unharmed in a nearby room.

At the urging of Abaroa's family, police are consulting with Laurie McQuary. McQuary lives outside Portland, Ore.

11-09-2006, 01:42 AM

Police Follow New Lead In Durham Woman's 2005 Slaying

"We did just get a lead on the case that involves computers," said Cpl. Sheldon Perkins of the Durham Police Department, who declined to be more specific.

Shortly after the slaying, investigators seized the couple's e-mail accounts and sifted through correspondence before and after the murder.

Also, a laptop computer was listed in court documents as missing from the home.

Investigators said much of their work in the past year has involved tying outside information to clues found at the scene.

"We got a lot of forensic evidence on the scene," Perkins said. "But sometimes it's just as important the evidence you don't find."


"We have some people we're looking at, and we do have a person of interest," he said. "I feel it's a very good case."

11-13-2006, 01:20 AM
Of Janet Abaroa and Michelle Young, and Murder…


(UNRELATED NOTE: Please check out this entry (http://unsolvedblog.com/archives/19) at www.unsolvedblog.com (http://unsolvedblog.com/), about missing Maine teen Coreen Wiese. Good news on 11/12/06; Coreen Wiese may have been found alive.)

Over a year ago in Durham, North Carolina, a pregnant young mother was murdered in her home. And while the murder of Janet Abaroa (http://huffcrimeblog.com/?cat=16) remains unsolved, I don’t think I’d call it a high-profile crime. A mention here and there on cable news, regular updates on the lack of progress in the case in the local Durham media… and some very dedicated people discussing the case online (forumdisplay.php?f=76).

Yet Janet’s case seems, sadly, to fade a little each day. This report (http://www.wral.com/news/10275825/detail.html) by WRAL TV out of Raleigh published earlier tonight is encouraging, but it is the first article of its kind in quite some time. Hopefully it means I’ll have reason to do a full update on Janet’s case soon.

Why one murder in a region is seized upon by certain national media outlets (http://www.gretawire.com/) (link goes to one example of many of a high-profile cable news show that covers such crimes) and another is not will always remain, to some degree, a mystery to me (note to readers: please don’t try and explain it in the comments below. I know the usual reasons. That doesn’t mean it makes sense).

Janet was already a mother to a baby boy, who was asleep in a room nearby when she was murdered. She was pregnant when she was murdered. Janet’s good-looking, athletic husband Raven Abaroa was out of the house when she was murdered, allegedly, therefore seemed to have an alibi.

But Raven, as you will see if you read the archived entries from my past blogging (http://huffcrimeblog.com/?cat=16) about this crime, has never sat well with people wondering what happened to his wife. Perhaps he’s been guilty of just not being particularly likeable. Of being obviously narcissistic and materialistic, therefore reminding people who talk crime online and off of other husbands whose wives met similar fates, like Scott Peterson (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22Scott+Peterson%22&btnG=Google+Search).

Or, worst-case scenario, Raven killed his wife and is getting away with murder right now, partying out in Utah, where he was originally from. And he has custody of his and Janet’s son.

In Raleigh, North Carolina, a case with very similar outlines is starting to play out in the news.

A pregnant mother was murdered, her toddler daughter in the house. The 29-year-old woman’s husband was out of town, across the state in Brevard, NC, where he is originally from.

This murdered young mother was found by her younger sister.

I’m writing about Michelle Marie Fisher Young (http://brownwynne.mem.com/display/biography.asp?ID=1581967), who was found in her home near Lake Wheeler (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=Birchleaf+Drive,+Raleigh,+NC&ie=UTF8&z=15&ll=35.701777,-78.692665&spn=0.014846,0.043259&om=1&iwloc=addr) in Wake County, NC.

Michelle’s battered body was discovered on Friday, November 3rd (http://rdu.news14.com/content/headlines/?ArID=93832&SecID=2).

Tonight, on Greta van Susteren’s On the Record (http://www.foxnews.com/ontherecord/), the 911 tape of the call made when Michelle was found was played. It was heartbreaking, and chilling.

Michelle’s sister Meredith Fisher (http://www.myspace.com/mixie1018) could be heard on the tape, sounding tense but not hysterical. The operator was instructing Meredith in a firm voice, ensuring little Cassidy, Michelle’s two-year-old daughter, was safe. Then the operator instructed Meredith to check on Michelle, turn her over, see if she was breathing.

Something seemed to crumble inside the young woman’s voice, then. To hear it, click this link (http://www.newsobserver.com/content/multimedia/flash_audio/20061106_young.mp3). The mp3 of the call is hosted by the News-Observer.

There was blood everywhere in the Young household, footprints where Cassidy had padded through it, alone with her dead mother for perhaps half a day.

In the murder of Janet Abaroa, Raven has never been named outright by the police as a suspect.

Yet Jason Young, age 32, is apparently a suspect in his wife’s murder. The article found here (http://www.newsobserver.com/102/story/507879.html) was published just 5 days after Michelle was murdered. From the News-Observer:

Jason Young told investigators he was in Brevard in the western part of the state visiting family when her body was found.

Young, 32, is named as a suspect on the order, however, he was not required to make a statement, nor was he subject to interrogation, according to Willoughby. Detectives had already seized his car as part of their investigation.

Young has not been charged with anything. A call to his attorney for comment was not returned Wednesday afternoon.


“[Jason Young] complied with the order and went to the City-County Bureau of Identification,” said Phyllis Stephens, the sheriff’s office spokeswoman. CCBI, located in the same building as the sheriff’s office, conducts crime scene investigation and processes fingerprints and blood samples for various law enforcement agencies in the county…

Murders are as individual as people. So I know that though the surface elements of Janet Abaroa’s and Michelle Young’s murders are similar, the details are likely very, very different.

Knowing that, I still read of Jason Young already being the subject of serious suspicion in his wife’s murder and I wonder what was different in Janet Abaroa’s murder in Durham in April, 2005. Since I have pretty decent knowledge of that investigation, I have some idea — for one thing, information like fingerprints and dna were apparently not that helpful in establishing whether or not someone had been in the Abaroa home who didn’t need to be there.

I will be keeping track of developments in both cases. Hopefully the investigation into Janet Abaroa’s murder may begin to catch up with the seemingly swift progress in determining who may have murdered Michelle Young. Any tips are welcome, and you can remain anonymous, your information completely confidential. I’ve inserted a contact form below to make it easy. Please be sure you intend to send an e-mail, and do not confuse the contact form with the comment field. Removed the contact form. Go here (http://crimeblog.us/?page_id=6), instead.

02-13-2007, 04:40 PM

02-27-2007, 04:06 PM
Was it ever proven that Raven was actually at the game the whole time? I wonder if the clothes that he gave LE are actually the clothess that he wore to the soccer game. Was the game close enough to his town that he could have left the game and then went back without anyone paying any attention?

If Raven murdered Janet he would have had to have blood on his clothing. Could he have murdered her....showered and changed his clothes...before he called LE? I would think that they have only his word about what time he got home.

Glad the FBI is involved in this case. Hope between the FBI and local LE they can figure out who did this and arrest them.

04-26-2007, 07:07 PM
TV article about Janet's murder


04-26-2007, 11:42 PM

April 26, 2007

Durham Police Keep Husband on Suspect List in Slaying

Posted: 28 minutes ago
Durham — For the first time, Durham police are saying that Janet Abaroa's husband, Raven Abaroa, has not been eliminated as a suspect in her slaying two years ago.

And even though the killing on April 26, 2005, is otherwise considered a cold case, detectives say it's still very active.

“It's a very active open investigation. We are pursuing things. Our investigators are still spending hours and hours on it, and we're working with the FBI in Utah on it,” said Durham police spokeswoman Kammie Michael.

Janet Abaroa, 25, was stabbed to death in her Durham home. Raven Abaroa told police he found her in an upstairs bedroom. Their 6-month-old son, Caiden, was unharmed nearby.

Detectives have said they've continued to follow leads in the case, but this is the first time, they admit they have not ruled out Raven Abaroa as a suspect.

Since the killing, he and Caiden have moved to Utah.

Janet Abaroa’s family says the wait has been almost unbearable.

“It's up and down. Some days are good and some days are not good. Some days are very bad,” said Dana Kendall, Janet Abaroa’s sister.

WRAL spoke with Kendall by phone, and she said the past two years have been frustrating.

“Although two years passed and you try to move on and move on with your life, it's hard to do it when nothing's been reconciled,” Kendall said.

Durham police maintain there will be closure eventually, and there will be an arrest.

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04-28-2007, 10:48 AM
Vigil, March Held to Call for End to Violent Crimes


Posted: Apr. 27 11:51 p.m.

Durham — Friends, relatives and strangers gathered Friday night to remember people whose lives were lost to violence and to call for change.
Nearly 100 people showed up for a vigil and a march against crime sponsored by the Durham Police Department. Most of the marchers had the same message: End violence, especially gang violence, in Durham now.
"My sister-in-law, Janet Abaroa, was murdered two years ago here in Durham. We just felt it was important to support this walk against crime," Connie Christiansen said. "It helped to be able to feel like you're supporting others and try not to focus too much on what you're going through."
Abaroa, a 25-year-old mother, was stabbed to death in her Durham home two years ago Thursday. The case remains unsolved.

Twelve-year-old Jamal Lowery's mother was murdered in January 1996, and he still can't describe what life is like without her.

"I don't know. Many of you may be thinking, 'How don't you?' Well, I just don't," Jamal told those in attendance.

Many students from North Carolina Central University took part to show support for fallen classmates near and far.

"I just came out to show my love and support for Virginia Tech victims," student Jevon Rogers said.

"It's always a good time to show support for people that have been victims of violence, and violence that happened on our campus, Ms. Denita Smith, as well," student Tafari Higgins said.

Smith, an N.C. Central graduate student from Charlotte, was fatally shot outside her apartment in January. A Greensboro woman who police say was obsessed with Smith's fiance has been charged with murder in the case.
"When you see the suffering like we've seen this evening, you can't go back tomorrow to business as usual. We're going to have to really come together as a community ... to bring about change," Durham Police Chief Steve Chalmers said.

The police department also will host a Saturday banquet for crime victims.

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05-01-2007, 11:30 PM

Durham Police Keep Husband on Suspect List in Slaying (http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/1361133/)

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Durham police are saying that Janet Abaroa's husband, Raven Abaroa, has not been eliminated as a suspect in her slaying two years ago.

05-04-2007, 12:04 PM
Still no arrest in Michelle Young murder


05/03/2007 08:50 PM

By: Ann Forte

RALEIGH -- Work men were installing new carpet inside 5108 Birchleaf Dr., Thursday afternoon. The workers say no one is living there right now, six months after Michelle Young was found beaten to death inside.
Her killer has not been caught.

"We'd like to solve it, of course, quickly, but it's such a complex case, we have to make sure we get our information correct," explained Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison.

A pregnant 29-year-old Young was found dead inside her home on Nov. 3, 2006. Her two-year-old daughter, Cassidy, was also found in the home, unhurt. Young’s family pleaded for help in solving the case.

In November, Linda Fisher, Michelle’s mother, told reporters, "I'm asking for anyone who has seen or heard anything -- as trivial as you might think it is, anything -- to please come forward and help find the person who murdered my daughter."

Attention has centered on Young’s husband, Jason Young. Previously released court documents show the couple was having financial problems before Michelle died, and Jason Young stood to benefit financially from his wife's death.

Open case

It has been exactly six months since Michelle Young was beaten to death inside her Wake County home.

Harrison said his investigators have interviewed more than 100 people in connection with the case, but they are still waiting on at least one interview. They are still waiting to talk to Jason Young.

"Well, he just will not talk to us,” Harrison explained. “We'd try to go through his attorney, and also contact him, and he has failed to come in or failed to meet us anytime that we've asked."

Police have already taken fingerprints, footprints, and a blood sample from Jason Young. He was out of town when Michelle's body was found. Investigators are not calling him a suspect, but they are not ruling anyone out either.

A similar case in Durham is still unsolved. It has been two years, and police still do not know who murdered a pregnant mother in Durham. Janet Abaroa was found dead in her home in April 2005.

05-10-2007, 06:52 AM
MySpace Crusader

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(05/09/07 -- RALEIGH) - The page is not a typical MySpace page.
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The pictures are not from a party or vacation like on other pages. The people on the page were all murdered.

"His case is still unsolved in Clearwater, Florida," said Abde.

Her page is solely dedicated to unsolved homicides. She started it about a year ago.

"I was angry, really is why I started it," Abde said.

Angry that her brother-in-law's murderer had still not been caught after two years.

"I couldn't handle it anymore, I need to not only say I'm upset this happened, but I needed to find other people who wanted answers too," Abde said. "I thought there's no better way to get the information out there than to use MySpace."

So she decided to use the community web page for the good of helping others, posting pictures of murder victims along with their stories.

"Some are nationally well known, like the Jon Benet Ramsey case," Abde explained.

Others like the Michelle Young and the Janet Abaroa case happened in the Triangle. Both remain unsolved.

Abde said people across the country took note.

"It started right away," she said. "Within the first day, I had 21 friends."

Now she has nearly 700 friends and 4,000 have visited the site.

Kim Duffy is one of those friends. Her 19-year-old pregnant daughter, Angie, was murdered seven years ago in Hammond, Indiana along with Angie's 2-year-old daughter.

"She was about to give birth to her baby and somebody came into her house and killed her," Duffy said. "And then lit her house on fire to cover up their crime."

It is just one of many unsolved cases highlighted on Abde's Web page. She said she researches a case in depth before putting it on her site.

No case breaking leads have turned up just yet, but she believes that will take time and awareness -- something she's trying to patiently provide.

"Somebody knows something somewhere," Abde said. "You never give up. You gotta keep doing it. You gotta keep trying to find out, heal from it. If you can't, it's going to tear you up."
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07-12-2007, 11:44 AM
So nice that Janet is appearing in the news again.


08-29-2008, 06:28 PM

Abaroa Widower Remarries in California By NC WANTED Staff
Posted: Aug. 29, 2008 2:30 p.m.
Updated: Aug. 29, 2008 4:12 p.m.
DURHAM COUNTY NC WANTED has learned that Raven Abaroa recently tied the knot in La Jolla, California. Sources tell NC WANTED that on August 23, 2008, Raven Abaroa married 25-year-old Vanessa Pond of Bluffdale, Utah. A reception is scheduled to take place at the home of the bride’s parents on September 6, 2008 from 6-9 p.m. in West Jordan, Utah.

Raven's late wife, Janet, was found stabbed to death in their Durham home on April 26, 2005. NC WANTED profiled Janet's murder, which remains unsolved, and sat down for an exclusive interview with Raven. (You can watch that interview by browsing the links in the gray sidebar at right.)
In that interview, Raven said he was at an indoor soccer game in Morrisville the night Janet was killed and he came home to find her body.
"Janet died that night. I wasn't there," he told NC WANTED.



11-12-2008, 11:47 PM

Agent 050 on District Attorney Power

by Agent 050
Posted: Nov. 12, 2008 6:35 p.m.
Updated: Nov. 12, 2008 8:35 p.m.

In Wake County, why would Brad Cooper be charged, but not Jason Young? In Durham County, why would Michael Peterson be charged, but not Raven Abaroa? In Granville County, why has Kelly Morris's husband not been charged?



04-26-2009, 10:38 PM

News Report!

05-06-2009, 01:47 PM


05-13-2009, 07:07 PM

Abaroa's Second Wife Speaks Out By NC WANTED Staff
Posted: May. 12, 2009
Updated: Today at 6:03 p.m.

DURHAM COUNTY — The new wife of Raven Abaroa, a person of interest in the 2005 stabbing death of his first wife Janet, has come forward with startling details about her relationship with Abaroa that may assist the murder investigation.

Vanessa Pond, of Utah, told NC WANTED in an exclusive interview that during their short marriage, Raven was abusive both physically and mentally, profoundly deceitful, and prone to sudden, intense mood swings.

Investigators met with Vanessa, who was joined by her parents, Randy and JoDean Pond, while they were in Durham for the NC WANTED interview to gain a better perspective on the Raven Abaroa only a wife could know, and what that might mean for the Janet Abaroa murder investigation.

Vanessa Pond and Raven Abaroa met in early December of 2007 and were engaged six months later, on Mother’s Day. As the wedding approached, Vanessa said, Raven’s behavior shifted. He became violent.

“The day of my bridal shower was the first time. He threw me down and he pushed me around that day,” Vanessa told NC WANTED. She was reluctant to tell her story to the media, fearing for her safety in Utah with Raven nearby, but she ultimately felt that it was the right thing to do.

“I don’t want anyone else to ever be in this same position, ever. And he’ll keep on going. He’s starting to slip and he’s becoming more dangerous,” she said.

After two and half months of marriage, the couple separated on Christmas Eve 2008. Vanessa recalled the night he left:

“He was in the process of cursing me out and calling me names, telling me how much he hated me, and he didn’t care if I died. So he was pushing me around in the bathroom and wouldn’t let me out of the bathroom… Then he said, ‘you know what? I want to hit you so bad. I don’t care, I’m going to hit you; I can’t get in trouble for it anymore,’” she said.

“And later, as Raven was leaving, he went downstairs and grabbed Kaiden and said, ‘come on, we have to go. Mommy doesn’t want us anymore… Who does that to a child?”

Janet Abaroa was stabbed to death in her Durham home on April 26, 2005. She was pregnant with the couple’s second child. Kaiden, who was six months old at the time, was home during the attack, but was left unharmed.

Raven told police he came home from a soccer game to find Janet dead in the bedroom. (Read more about the Janet Abaroa murder investigation by clicking the links in the gray sidebar at right, or visit our home page today for the full story.)

Investigators told NC WANTED that Raven is a person of interest in his first wife’s death and that he has not been fully cooperative with the investigation.

Raven sat down with NC WANTED in 2007 for an exclusive interview about Janet’s murder. He adamantly denied any involvement in her death.

“The bottom line is that I was not involved with the death of my wife…that I would do anything in the world to keep her here with me and that's just, you know, that's something I know and that's something that Janet knows and I think that's something the people who truly know Janet and truly know me, can understand and appreciate,” he said.

When Vanessa found out that Raven’s first wife had been murdered, she wanted more information. She found the whole story on ncwanted.com, and stayed up all night watching Raven's lengthy interview. She told her parents about the murder and about the speculation surrounding Raven.

They decided to confront him directly.

“It was a pretty point-blank question, but we’d been needing to know. Raven’s response to that was, ‘I loved my wife’… in a beating-around-the-bush kind of answer. It was never ‘yes’ or ‘no,’” JoDean said.

For Randy, a retired police officer, Raven’s response was a red flag, but out of a desire to support his daughter, he gave Raven the benefit of the doubt.

“He’s two people, in my opinion. He’s a Jekyll and Hyde and the Jekyll side of him is very charming, very appealing, very convincing,” Randy said.

The red flags didn’t start coming for Vanessa until after the wedding. The first on their honeymoon:

“He was very drunk, and he started talking about how mad he was after Janet died. And kept reiterating how mad he was after she died, just how mad,” Vanessa recalled. “Then he cuddled up close to me and said, ‘I promise I’ll never hurt you.’ And I didn’t know how to take that.”

Raven’s “Jekyll and Hyde” personality extended into several aspects of his life – his relationships, his faith, his soccer career, the Ponds said.

People Raven considered to be close friends told Vanessa they are scared of him. He would often try to convince Vanessa that she was suicidal, that her behavior was erratic, that everything was her fault, she recalled.

“He could go back and forth within seconds and he would say the most horrible things and then moments later, act as if nothing had happened,” she said.

And he was controlling. Vanessa said he monitored her computer use, checked her phone, always knew what she was doing and who she was calling.

“It was the same thing that he did to Janet. It was a pattern. I was so scared for Vanessa,” JoDean said.

In his interview with NC WANTED, Raven talked about his aggressive, competitive nature, but maintained that he would always avoid a fight on the soccer field.

The Pond family recalled a time they attended one of Raven’s soccer games. He was red-carded and thrown out of the game for stomping his cleats into the back of a player who had fallen and was on his knees.

Sitting on the sidelines, JoDean recalled, “he looked totally relaxed and he was chuckling and he said, ‘that’s retribution.’”

Vanessa also saw huge inconsistencies in Raven’s faith. While he talked about trying to be a better person, a better Mormon, he drank heavily, and was ex-communicated from the Mormon church for living with Vanessa outside of marriage, she said, an arrangement he proposed after only few months of dating.

Although Vanessa and Raven are still legally married, Vanessa plans to file for divorce in the near future. She said she no longer believes anything Raven ever told her, and that he twisted the truth to gain her trust.

“He had me convinced that everyone was trying to frame him… that everyone was out to get him, that he was the poor victim,” she said. “In his own world, he’s above everyone else and he can do no wrong. He’s so above everyone and everything, the law included.”
Anyone with information that could assist investigators should call NC WANTED toll free at 1.866.43.WANTED (1.866.439.2683) or click on "Report a Tip" (http://www.ncwanted.com/nc_wanted_root/page/1243336/) Your identity can be kept confidential.

05-13-2009, 08:20 PM

Durham widower's new wife talks to police about unsolved murder

Posted: Today at 6:02 p.m.
Updated: 5 minutes ago
Durham, N.C. — Four years after the stabbing death of Janet Abaroa, a pregnant Durham woman, police have new information about her widower, whom they have not ruled out as a suspect in the case.

Janet Christiansen Abaroa was found dead inside an upstairs bedroom at her Ferrand Road home on April 26, 2005. Her 6-month-old son, Kaiden, was also in the home but was unharmed.


05-13-2009, 10:18 PM

Vanessa Pond Speaks Out

The new wife of Raven Abaroa, a person of interest in the 2005 stabbing death of his first wife Janet, has come forward with startling details about her life with the man she believes is capable of murder. Vanessa Pond, of Utah, told NC WANTED in an exclusive interview that during their short marriage, Raven was abusive both physically and mentally, profoundly deceitful, and prone to sudden, intense mood swings.

05-14-2009, 12:45 PM

Actual video news report (last link didn't work)

05-26-2009, 10:52 PM

WRAL.com - Quick Raven Interview Links.

06-27-2009, 04:01 PM
Janet Abaroa: Pregnant Mother Stabbed At Home


Posted: May. 12, 2009
Updated: Jun. 17, 2009

DURHAM COUNTY — Janet Abaroa was at home with her 6-month-old son the night of April 26, 2005 when she was attacked, stabbed repeatedly and left huddled in a pool of blood on her bedroom floor.

She didn’t know it, but she was in the early stages of pregnancy, and despite some problems in her marriage, Janet’s family told NC WANTED that she was living a good life.

“I think she wanted to just have it work out between her and Raven so that they could have a happy family and raise Kaiden together,” said Janet’s sister, Erika Christiansen.

Her husband, Raven Abaroa, has not been fully cooperative with authorities and moved to Utah with Kaiden shortly after Janet was killed. He is a person of interest in her death, authorities said.

NC WANTED took an in-depth look at the Janet Abaroa murder investigation in November 2007. Raven agreed to sit down for an exclusive interview, where he recalled his version of events the night Janet was murdered. (You can watch our exclusive interview with Raven Abaroa by clicking the links in the gray sidebar at right.)

“The bottom line is that I was not involved with the death of my wife…that I would do anything in the world to keep her here with me and that's just, you know, that's something I know and that's something that Janet knows and I think that's something the people who truly know Janet and truly know me, can understand and appreciate,” Raven told NC WANTED.

But rumors of Raven’s infidelities and his refusal to take a polygraph test have raised suspicions.

“I feel, looking at the evidence that has been presented in this case, that Janet was killed by somebody that knew her,” said Sgt. Perkins of the Durham Police Department.

Raven described April 26, 2005 as an ordinary day. Raven and Janet got off work, picked Kaiden up from daycare and came home to make dinner. A home teacher from their Mormon church came over around 6:30 p.m., and the three read and discussed Scripture together. The teacher left at 7 p.m., not knowing that he would never see Janet again.

From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., according to Raven, he and Janet were at home with Kaiden. Police have no independent confirmation of these events. Raven told police they had a normal evening together, fed Kaiden and put him to bed. Janet watched television while Raven got ready for an indoor soccer game. As he was leaving, Raven told NC WANTED, Janet begged him not to go.

Team members confirm that Raven attended the soccer game, that he arrived on time and left around 10 p.m. to head home. Investigators confirmed that he made one stop on the way home and walked into his unlocked house around 10:40 p.m.

Raven called 911 at 10:58 p.m. to report that he arrived home to find that his wife wasn’t breathing and he thought she had been shot. According to the autopsy report, Janet sustained stabbing injuries at 10:50 p.m., one in the chest and one in the neck. She died at 10:55 p.m.

“I got home and, you know, go upstairs. I'd always go in and give Kaiden a kiss... and just feel his warm little body,” Raven said. “That’s when I found out that something wasn't wrong… Janet died that night. I wasn't there.”

Although investigators are publicly calling Raven a “person of interest,” no charges have been filed and the crime remains unsolved.

If you have any information about the murder of Janet Abaroa, call NC WANTED toll free at 1.866.43.WANTED (1.866.439.2683) or click on "Report a Tip" (http://www.ncwanted.com/nc_wanted_root/page/1243336/) Your identity can be kept confidential.

07-06-2009, 11:10 PM
Please see Janets Facebook Memorial Page here: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=logo#/group.php?gid=58016617315

and another link here containing lots of videos, etc. on the case.

Raven is guilty. period.

09-02-2009, 12:57 PM

Murder Mystery: What Happened to Janet Abaroa?

Durham Police and Family Search for Clues in Brutal 2005 Stabbing of Young Mother

Sept. 2, 2009

A murder mystery played out in the suburbs of Durham, N.C., in April 2005, when Janet Abaroa (http://abcnews.go.com/Primetime/popup?id=8400202), a beautiful, 26-year-old northern Virginian, was stabbed to death in her own home.

Four years later, despite the lack of arrests, Abaroa's family and police continue to search for clues.

The woman's family members believes they know what happened to her that night, and all their suspicions point toward her former husband, Raven Abaroa. Those suspicions were bolstered recently when Raven and his second wife separated and she went public with her fear that he might somehow have been involved in his first wife's death.

Raven Abaroa has said he discovered his dead wife's body in the bedroom of their Durham home after he returned from playing soccer that evening. Nothing else in the house was disturbed, authorities say. The couple's 6-month-old son, Kaiden, was left unharmed in another room.

Snipped more at link


09-02-2009, 07:06 PM

WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham, NC (http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/index)
By Steve Daniels

Abaroa, 25 and pregnant, was found murdered more than four years ago in her Durham home. Police have not made any arrests and have no suspects in the case.

However, there has been a lot of speculation about what happened on the night of April 26,2005.

Many thought Abaroa was living the American dream, but that dream ended when her husband found her stabbed to death. Their infant son was unharmed and sleeping in another room.

* more at link

09-10-2009, 11:47 PM
Poor child being raised by the person who killed his mother. If they ever find more evidence to put Raven away, then the child will be lose both parents. What a shame.

01-07-2010, 12:51 AM

NCWanted Top Stories for 2009!

May 12, 2009: Abaroa's Second Wife Speaks Out

NC Wanted sat down for an exclusive interview with the second wife of Raven Abaroa, who is a person of interest in the 2005 stabbing death of his pregnant wife Janet. Vanessa Pond flew in from Utah to provide intimate details of her marriage to Raven, details that could aid the investigation into Janet's murder. Since we broke the story, Pond has granted interviews to national media outlets, including ABC Primetime.
During their short marriage, Pond told NC Wanted, Raven was abusive both physically and mentally, profoundly deceitful, and prone to sudden, intense mood swings. They met in early December of 2007 and were engaged six months later, on Mother’s Day. As the wedding approached, Vanessa said, Raven’s behavior shifted. He became violent.
“The day of my bridal shower was the first time. He threw me down and he pushed me around that day,” Vanessa told NC WANTED. They separated after two and a half months of marriage.

02-01-2010, 10:59 PM

Durham police make arrest in Janet Abaroa murder case
February 1, 2010

Durham, N.C. — Durham police investigators arrested Raven Abaroa on Monday and charged him with murder in the April 2005 death of his wife, Janet Abaroa.

Raven Abaroa, 30, of South 8th St. in Montpelier, Idaho, was taken into custody at his home without incident.


“This arrest is the result of hard and tenacious work by our investigators and a strong partnership with the FBI and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Investigators continued to follow leads and never gave up,” Durham Police Chief Jose L. Lopez Sr.said in a news release.

Raven Abaroa was placed Monday in Idaho's Caribou County jail without bond. He is being held for extradition to North Carolina.

Anyone with additional information on the case is asked to contact Investigator Charles Sole at 919-560-4440, ext. 29350 or by e-mail at Charles.Sole@durhamnc.gov or Sgt. Sheldon Perkins at 919-560-4440, ext. 29326 or by e-mail at Sheldon.Perkins@durhamnc.gov.

02-01-2010, 11:01 PM

DURHAM (WTVD) -- Durham police investigators have arrested Raven Abaroa and charged him with murder in the April 2005 death of his wife, Janet Abaroa.

Janet Abaroa, 25, was stabbed to death inside her home at 2606 Ferrand Drive on April 26, 2005.

The Abaroas' 6-month-old son, Kaiden, was uninjured. There were no obvious signs of a break-in, but a laptop computer was missing from the house.

Abaroa, 30, was arrested Monday at his home in Montpelier, Idaho without incident.

He was placed in an Idaho jail without bond. He is being held for extradition to North Carolina.

In the hours before her death, Janet Abaroa, who was in the early stages of pregnancy, picked up her child at day care and went with her husband to drop her car off for repairs.

02-01-2010, 11:17 PM

Abaroa Arrested for Murder in Idaho

by NC Wanted Staff
Posted: 51 minutes ago
Updated: 51 minutes ago

Durham Police sent a dispatch at 8:49p.m. Monday , February 1, 2010 announcing the arrest of Raven Abaroa at his home in Idaho. Abaroa had recently been living near his estranged second wife, Vanessa Pond, in Utah. NC Wanted will provide more information as it becomes available.

Rest of story at link

02-02-2010, 01:39 AM

Husband arrested in Janet Abaroa slaying


Tim Dowd, spokesman for Janet Abaroa's family, issued a statement late Monday after Raven Abaroa's arrest was made public.

"Throughout the years the Christiansen family has remained confident and held to the faith that one day there would be justice for Janet’s murder. The Christiansen’s are especially grateful to tireless efforts of detectives and agents with the Durham Police Department, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations and the FBI. As far as commenting on Raven’s guilt or innocence, the family will leave that to the judicial system," the statement read.

NC Wanted also spoke with Dowd via telephone late Monday about the family's reaction. (http://www.wral.com/news/local/audio/6943527/) Dowd and his wife were friends with the Ravens when they lived in Virginia.

Raven Abaroa's arrest was a joint operation by the Durham Police Department, the FBI Task Force, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Montpelier Police Department in Idaho, the East Idaho STAR (Special Tactics and Response) Team and the Bear Lake County Sheriff's Department in Idaho.

Full report at link:


L L & S
02-02-2010, 07:03 AM

ABC - Husband arrested in 2005 Janet Abaroa murder

L L & S
02-02-2010, 07:23 AM

The NewsObserver.com

They have two headlines for this. One says "arrested" in the headline and one says "charged" in the headline. I would love to be a fly on the wall.

02-02-2010, 02:12 PM

DURHAM – Authorities in Idaho have arrested the husband of a woman who was found stabbed to death in April 2005 in Durham.

Janet Abaroa, 25, was pregnant at the time of her murder. She was also the mother of a 6-month-old son.

Officials arrested the victim’s husband, 30-year-old Raven Abaroa, who currently lives in Idaho. He has been charged with the victim’s murder.

Video at the link!

02-02-2010, 02:17 PM

Man Accused of Murdering his Pregnant Wife Arrested in Bear Lake County
Posted: Feb 2, 2010 10:46 AM

A Montpelier, Idaho man is behind bars today for allegedly killing his pregnant wife back in April 2005 in North Carolina.

Law enforcement located Raven Abaroa, 30, inside his Montpelier home yesterday afternoon. Montpelier Police Chief Greg Butler says the arrest was a joint effort between multiple agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigations in Durham, North Carolina, the Bear Lake County Sheriff's Office and Montpelier Police.

02-02-2010, 02:21 PM

Former husband arrested in Janet Abaroa’s 2005 murder (http://www.indyweekblogs.com/triangulator/2010/02/01/former-husband-arrested-in-janet-abaroas-2005-murder/)

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After a nearly five-year investigation, Durham police have charged Raven Abaroa, 30, with the 2005 stabbing death of his wife Janet in their Durham rental home. Janet Abaroa, who was 25 at the time, was pregnant with the couple’s second child when she was killed April 26, 2005.

According to a Durham police news release, Raven Abaroa was arrested at his Montpelier, Idaho, home without incident. He is being held in the Caribou County, Idaho, jail and is awaiting extradition to North Carolina.

Read more at link

02-02-2010, 02:28 PM

Husband charged in 2005 cold case

From staff reports

DURHAM — Durham police have charged Raven Abaroa with killing his pregnant 25-year-old wife, Janet Abaroa.

The arrest comes almost five years after April 25, 2005, when Raven Abaroa called 911 to report finding his wife’s body in an upstairs bedroom at their home at 2606 Ferrand Drive in Durham. Raven Abaroa told investigators that he had been playing soccer while Janet Abaroa was home with their 6-month-old son, Kaiden.

“This arrest is the result of hard and tenacious work by our investigators and a strong partnership with the FBI and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI). Investigators continued to follow leads and never gave up,” Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez told WTVD on Monday.

Janet Abaroa was stabbed twice; an autopsy indicated that a wound to her neck probably killed her, but noted the stab wound to her chest could also have been fatal. The autopsy also revealed that she was in the early stages of pregnancy.


02-02-2010, 03:15 PM
Raven Abarora Arrested for Murder (http://***********.blogspot.com/2010/02/raven-abarora-arrested-for-murder.html)

Raven Abarora was arrested without incident last night for the murder of his wife, Janet Abarora. Janet was stabbed to death in their home in 2005. To read my original thoughts on this case, click on the label below.

02-02-2010, 03:17 PM

The man who once bragged to an acquaintance about being Internet famous due to his status as the prime suspect in his wife's murder has been arrested at his home in Idaho. Raven Abaroa is now awaiting extradition back to North Carolina to face the charge that he murdered his wife, Janet Christiansen Abaroa, and it couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

Until April 26, 2005, Raven Abaroa was an everyday, workplace sociopath, embezzling from employers and charming everyone around him into believing he was way too nice a guy to ever do anything as horrible as murder. Then on that April day his wife Janet was brutally murdered in the home the couple shared on Ferrand Drive in Durham, NC. To me and most of the folks discussing the case online (http://www.google.com/search?q=Abaroa+site%3Awebsleuths.com), it seemed blatantly obvious from the beginning that the one and only logical suspect was Raven Abaroa. He was already accused of criminal behavior and Janet was pregnant with their second child at the time of the murder. It didn't help Raven that he'd once posted strange videos online where he demonstrated a knife he'd received for a holiday gift and stated in a low voice that he "liked... knives."



02-02-2010, 03:39 PM

Abaroa awaits extradition for wife's death


Posted: 24 minutes ago

Durham, N.C. — Raven Abaroa, 30, had his first appearance in court Tuesday on charges he killed his wife almost five years ago.

Durham police arrested Abaroa Monday at his Montpelier, Idaho, home and charged him with the April 2005 murder of Janet Christiansen Abaroa, 25.

More at link:


02-02-2010, 03:51 PM
Montpelier man arrested for allegedly killing his pregnant wife in North Carolina
By Wes Horrocks

MONTPELIER - A local man is behind bars accused of killing his pregnant wife in North Carolina nearly five years ago.

Raven Abaroa,30, is being held in the Caribou County Jail without bond waiting for extradition.

Abaroa allegedly stabbed his wife Janet to death in April 2005.

His 6-month-old son who was also in the home was uninjured.

Abaroa told officers he found his wife dead after he came home from playing an indoor soccer game.

Montpelier Police were assisted by the Durham Police, FBI Task Force, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations, Bear Lake County Sheriff's Office, and Southeast Idaho Special Tactics and Response Team.

*More at above link.

02-02-2010, 03:53 PM

N.C. Murder Suspect Arrested in Idaho
Posted: Feb 2, 2010 11:52 AM
Updated: Feb 2, 2010 01:31 PM

MONTPEILIER – A murder suspect from North Carolina was arrested Tuesday in his Montpelier home, confirmed the Montpelier Police Department.

Raven Abaroa, 30, is accused of killing his pregnant wife in April 2005 in their Durham, N.C., home. He has been charged with first degree murder, reports ABC News.

* More at above link

02-02-2010, 05:34 PM
Raven Abaroa fighting extradition

DURHAM (WTVD) -- Investigators arrested Raven Abaroa on Monday and charged him in connection with the April 2005 murder of his wife, Janet Abaroa.

Janet Abaroa, 25 and in the early stages of pregnancy, was stabbed to death inside her home on Ferrand Drive in Durham on April 26, 2005.
Raven Abaroa, 30, was arrested at his home in Montpelier, Idaho without incident Monday.

He has been placed in an Idaho jail without bond.
He refused extradition during his first court appearance Tuesday in Idaho. Durham police say they will fight to bring Raven Abaroa back to the Bull City.

*More at above Link

02-02-2010, 06:56 PM

Durham murder suspect refuses extradition

Raven Abaroa, charged in Idaho on Monday with killing his wife inside their Durham home in 2005, refused extradition back to North Carolina on Tuesday.

This means it will take a little longer for authorities to bring Abaroa back to Durham. His extradition hearing will be Feb. 17.

Monday's arrest comes almost five years after Janet Abaroa, 25, was found stabbed to death inside the couple’s Ferrand Drive home April 26, 2005. She was pregnant, and their son, then 6 months old, was found nearby uninjured.

Janet Abaroa's had picked up her son from daycare, dropped off her car at a repair shop and met with a church member at the couple's home before Raven Abaroa left to play soccer at about 8:30 p.m., police said.

He reported finding his wife's body when he returned at about 11 p.m. There were no signs of a break-in, but a laptop was reported missing from the home.

Family members, through a written statement on a tribute site to Janet Abaroa, noted that North Carolina does not prosecute for the murder of an unborn child.

*More at Link

02-02-2010, 08:28 PM

Accused Murderer Refuses Extradition to North Carolina
Posted: Feb 2, 2010 10:46 AM

By: Ty Brennan (newsroom@kpvi.com)
A Montpelier, Idaho man is refusing to be extradited to North Carolina where he faces charges for allegedly murdering his pregnant wife back in April 2005.

Raven Abaroa, 30, made his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon at the Bear Lake County Courthouse. Abaroa told Judge Brower he did not want to be extradited. Now it's up to law enforcement to secure a Governor's Warrant which would allow them to transport Abaroa to North Carolina.

Law enforcement located Abaroa Monday afternoon, inside his Montpelier home. Montpelier Police Chief Greg Butler says the arrest was a joint effort between multiple agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigations in Durham, North Carolina, the Bear Lake County Sheriff's Office and Montpelier Police.

Chief Butler would not comment on how authorities pin-pointed Abaroa's location to Montpelier. He is being held without bond at the Caribou County Sheriff's Office waiting extradition back to North Carolina where he will face murder charges.

*More at Link


02-02-2010, 11:41 PM

Abaroa refuses extradition

Tuesday, February 2, 2010
By Rosa Moosman

Ravin Samuel Abaroa refused extradition during a hearing in Bear Lake District Court, Magistrate’s Division. Abaroa appeared before Magistrate Judge Lynn Brower about 1:30 p.m. Feb. 2.

He had been arrested at his home in Montpelier the previous day on a warrant for first degree murder out of North Carolina. Abaroa walked out of his home into the arms of the Southeast Idaho SWAT team. There was no incident in relation to the arrest. Police searched his person and his home.

To achieve extradition the governor of North Carolina will issue a warrant and send it Idaho Governor Butch Otter. Until that is done Abaroa remains in custody of the Bear Lake County Sheriff. He is being held without bond.

*More at Link

02-03-2010, 01:12 AM

VIDEO: (Shows him going to Court!)


DURHAM (WTVD) -- Investigators arrested Raven Abaroa on Monday and charged him in connection with the April 2005 murder of his wife, Janet Abaroa.

Janet Abaroa, 25 and in the early stages of pregnancy, was stabbed to death inside her Durham home on April 26, 2005.

Raven Abaroa, 30, was arrested at his home in Montpelier, Idaho without incident Monday and charged with her death.

He has been placed in an Idaho jail without bond.

*more at link

02-03-2010, 04:25 AM

Suspect in killing to fight extradition

snipped - entire article at link above

Family members, on a tribute site to Janet Abaroa, noted that North Carolina does not prosecute for the murder of an unborn child.

The issue was debated in the Triangle after the 2007 killings of Ebony Robinson, who was eight months pregnant when she was shot to death outside Hillsborough, and Jenna Nielsen, who was almost nine months pregnant when her body was found behind a Raleigh convenience store.
"It needs to be understood that in many murder cases that involve an unborn child, the motivation of ending that unborn child's life is the primary driving force to commit the murder of the mother," the family said on the site, www.tearsforjanet.com (http://www.tearsforjanet.com/). "The state of North Carolina needs to recognize and accept this by passing the fetal homicide law."

In a telephone interview, Janet Abaroa's sister expressed some relief.
The investigation has been "a hot case, then a cold case, then a hot case," Dena Kendall said. "An arrest is great, but we need a conviction," she said. "It's not over until there's a conviction."
stan.chambers@newsobserver.com or 919-932-2025

02-03-2010, 11:38 AM

Murder arrest: Montpelier man accused of killing wife in N. Carolina (http://journalnet.com/article_e02b5054-109a-11df-9833-001cc4c002e0.html)
Posted: Wednesday, February 3, 2010 1:05 am | Updated: .
By Debbie Bryce dbryce@journalnet.com | 0 comments (http://www.idahostatejournal.com/article_e02b5054-109a-11df-9833-001cc4c002e0.html#user-comment-area)

PARIS — Raven Samuel Abaroa, a Montpelier man accused in the stabbing death of his wife, Janet, five years ago, refused extradition to North Carolina during a hearing Tuesday in Bear Lake County.

Abaroa, 30, was arrested at his Montpelier home Monday on a warrant for first-degree murder from North Carolina.

Charges were filed following a five-year long investigation by state, federal and local law enforcement. Friends and family of the victim said the arrest is the first step to justice.

Bear Lake County Magistrate Lynn Brower set an extradition hearing for 2 p.m., Feb. 17, and Abaroa asked that a public defender be appointed in his case.

*more at link above

02-04-2010, 09:43 PM

Husbands' Arrests Kick off 2010 Posted: Feb. 4, 2010 11:51 a.m.
Updated: Feb. 4, 2010 11:51 a.m.

What a year 2010 is shaping up to be. We’ve already seen two major developments involving unsolved murders in our area: the arrests of Jason Young and now Raven Abaroa. Both cases involve husbands accused of murdering their pregnant wives.

While the legal process has a long way to go in both cases, the arrests of these two men bring an enormous amount of satisfaction to the victims’ friends and families. Speculation swirled about these two men from the start, and everyone with a computer was offering their opinions in chat rooms and web logs since the crimes. Talk of the crimes took on a life of its own. News of the arrests has done the same.

*More at link

02-05-2010, 10:19 PM

Found this link online and thought I'd share it.

02-05-2010, 10:47 PM
This is the story of the above link:

SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 News) – A five year old mystery murder in North Carolina lead to the arrest of a Sandy City man.

Raven Abaroa was arrested in Idaho. He’s accused of murdering his wife Janet, five years ago in North Carolina.

The Murder remained unsolved until new evidence lead North Carolina Authorities to Idaho where they arrested Abaroa.

Abaroa who grew up in Sandy City even married a West Jordan woman following the death of his first wife.

Vanessa Pond told ABC 4 that it was a marriage that was doomed from the beginning.

“He was frightening. He would yell and curse me out and it started getting a lot worse.”

Pond claims that from the honeymoon until three months later, when they divorced, she was yelled at every day.

“He was screaming at me and pushing me around. He even threw me up against threw all and I fell to the ground and he tried to convince me that I tripped.”

But now Aborea is under arrest for a North Carolina murder involving his first wife Janet.

Pond knew about Janet’s death in 2005. Abaroa told her all about it.

“He lied down on the bed next to me and started cuddling up to me and talking about how mad he was after Janet died, not sad, brokenhearted or anything like that but he just expressed anger and then he cuddled up to me and promised me ‘I’ll never hurt you.’”

This afternoon Pond met with Janet’s family who are in Utah. They’re here to check on the welfare of Raven and Janet’s son. They always felt Abaroa was responsible for Janet’s death and wouldn’t let the case die.

Abaroa remains jailed in Idaho and is fighting against extradition to North Carolina

02-06-2010, 11:15 AM
Fetal homicide debate revisited

This week's arrest of a man charged with stabbing his pregnant wife to death in 2005 has reignited an issue that one state legislator hopes will pick up new momentum.


The issue was debated in the Triangle after the 2006 slaying of Michelle Young, who was found beaten to death in her Wake County home; and the 2007 killings of Ebony Robinson, who was eight months pregnant when she was shot to death outside Hillsborough; and Jenna Nielsen, almost nine months pregnant when her body was found behind a Raleigh convenience store.

It was discussed again last year after Camp Lejeune Marine Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach, eight months pregnant, was found buried in a Jacksonville backyard.

At least 38 states have fetal homicide laws, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. North Carolina's law states that a person can receive extra jail time if a crime committed on a pregnant woman leads to miscarriage or stillbirth, but the suspect would not be charged with killing the unborn baby.

State Rep. Pat McElraft, a Carteret County Republican, hopes Monday's arrest renews attention to the issue. She co-sponsored two House bills during the last legislative session, Ethen's Law and The Unborn Victims of Violence Act, which in such instances would add a murder charge for such crimes.

Both bills were referred to the House Judiciary Committee, where they have yet to be heard. Legislators fear the debate will turn into a pro-life, pro-choice issue, said Mc Elraft, who thinks both bills would pass if heard on the House floor. She's considering pushing the bills again later this year.

02-06-2010, 01:24 PM

Found this link online and thought I'd share it.

This has video now!


02-16-2010, 12:29 AM

Grand jury indicts man in wife's 2005 murder

From staff reports

DURHAM -- A Durham County grand jury Monday indicted former Durham resident Raven Abaroa on a charge of murder in the 2005 death of his wife.

Abaroa, 30, left Durham shortly after his wife's murder on April 26, 2005. He was arrested on Feb. 1 in Montpelier, Idaho.

A judge is expected to decide Wednesday whether Abaroa will be extradited to North Carolina. Abaroa has requested a public defender.

02-16-2010, 12:02 PM
Former Durham resident indicted in death of wife

Posted: Feb. 15 11:55 p.m.
Updated: Today at 1:33 a.m.

Durham, N.C. — A grand jury has indicted a former Durham resident in the fatal stabbing of his wife. The indictment handed up Monday charges Raven Abaroa with first-degree murder in the April 2005 slaying of 25-year-old Janet Christiansen Abaroa.

Durham police arrested Abaroa, 30, on Feb. 1 at his home in Montpelier, Idaho. He is being held without bond in Idaho's Caribou County jail.
During a Feb. 2 court appearance, Abaroa requested a court-appointed attorney and told the judge he didn't want to be sent back to North Carolina to face the murder charge, according to the Idaho State Journal.
The newspaper said a Feb. 17 extradition hearing was scheduled in the case.

**Rest at above link

02-16-2010, 12:08 PM
Abaroa indicted, extradition pending

DURHAM (WTVD) -- A man accused of killing his wife five years ago has been indicted for murder by a grand jury in Durham County.

*Rest at link

02-17-2010, 12:40 PM

RALEIGH – An extradition hearing for a Durham man charged with murdering his wife will begin in Idaho Wednesday.

On Monday, 30-year-old Raven Abaroa was formally indicted for the murder of his then 25-year-old wife who was pregnant at the time and the mother of a 6-month-old son.

*snipped read rest at link (See the video NOTE: that shows Raven at the embezzlement hearing in August of 2005)

He has been fighting extradition to North Carolina.


02-17-2010, 06:26 PM
Raven waived extradition at the hearing today.


"Raven Abaroa appeared in front of 6th District Judge Lynn Brower this afternoon. Abaroa waived extradition and arrangements are being made for him to be transported to North Carolina."

More at link.

02-17-2010, 08:01 PM
Abaroa to be extradited back to Durham

DURHAM (WTVD) -- A man accused of killing his wife five years ago will soon make his way back to Durham.

At an extradition hearing Wednesday afternoon in Idaho, Abaroa waived extradition.

The hearing lasted less than 10 minutes.

Abaroa was arrested earlier this month in Caribou County for the murder of his pregnant wife in 2005.

Janet Abaroa was found stabbed to death in the couple's home on Ferrand Drive. She was pregnant at the time. Her husband left Durham shortly after the murder.

Raven Abaroa was arrested in Idaho earlier this month and indicted by a Durham grand jury this week.

*rest at link

02-17-2010, 08:10 PM

Ex-Durham man to return from Idaho to face murder charge

Posted: Today at 5:41 p.m.

Updated: Today at 5:58 p.m.A former Durham resident charged with killing his wife almost five years ago waived extradition from Idaho on Wednesday and is awaiting his return to North Carolina.

Raven Abaroa, 30, was arrested Feb. 1 at his home in Montpelier, Idaho. He is charged with first-degree murder in the April 2005 slaying of 25-year-old Janet Christiansen Abaroa.

During a Feb. 2 court hearing, he said he didn't want to be sent back to North Carolina to face the murder charge. On Wednesday, however, he said he wouldn't fight extradition, according to the Idaho State Journal.

*rest at link

02-17-2010, 08:25 PM

Abaroa waives extradition at hearing

Wednesday, February 17, 2010
By Rosa Moosman

Raven Abaroa signed an extradition waiver during an extradition hearing Feb. 17 in Magistrate court in Paris.

Abaroa will face felony first degree murder charges in North Carolina for the death of his wife Janet.. The State of Idaho will work with the State of North Carolina to arrange his transportation back to North Carolina.
Magistrate Judge Lynn Brower presided in the court proceedings which took about 15 minutes.

There was considerable press interest in the case. Channel 6 news was present, and videotaped the proceedings. A reporter from the Idaho State Journal was present. Also present was a reporter from CBS out of California who had traveled to Paris just for the proceeding.

In addition an aunt and uncle of Janet, Mark and Kara Layton from Plymouth Michigan. were on hand in support of Janet’s family.
Mark Layton said it has been a long time for the family. He said the family is relieved but also said. “The past five years have bee very tough for them.”

He was it has been heart wrenching over the five years. The family has tried to have compassion but were also searching for justice.


02-17-2010, 11:22 PM

Montpelier Man Will Face First Degree Murder Charges in North Carolina

A Montpelier man who allegedly killed his wife in North Carolina almost 5 years ago will now be heading back to that state to face charges of murder.

Wednesday afternoon Raven Abaroa was inside a Bear Lake County courtroom where he will now face extradition back to North Carolina to face first degree murder charges.

Watching the proceedings were Janet's aunt and uncle who said the family is relieved that one chapter of this case is now over with.

** more at link **

02-18-2010, 12:48 PM
Murder suspect OKs extradition (http://journalnet.com/article_df6c4960-1c5d-11df-87cd-001cc4c002e0.html)


Posted: Thursday, February 18, 2010 12:17 am | Updated: .
By Debbie Bryce dbryce@journalnet.com | 0 comments (http://www.idahostatejournal.com/article_df6c4960-1c5d-11df-87cd-001cc4c002e0.html#user-comment-area)

PARIS — Raven Samuel Abaroa waived extradition proceedings in Bear Lake County Wednesday. The decision comes on the heels of a North Carolina court handing down a first-degree murder indictment against Abaroa Monday for the stabbing death of his pregnant wife five years ago.

Represented by Bear Lake County Public Defender Steven Wuthrich, Abaroa signed documents consenting to be extradited to North Carolina to face the charge against him.

Sixth District Magistrate Lynn Brower told Abaroa that arrangements would begin immediately to transport him back to Durham, North Carolina. Abaroa was returned to the Caribou County Jail where he is being held without bond.

(*Rest at link!)

02-26-2010, 09:09 AM
Sounds like Raven is back in Durham today.


"Raven Abaroa, the man suspected in the 2005 murder of his pregnant wife, will return to Durham Friday.

A grand jury indicted Abaroa last week, and he waived extradition from Idaho, where he has been living.

"Once we had enough evidence to arrest him we made the arrest," Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez said."

More at link.

02-26-2010, 09:09 AM


"A Durham man who moved to Idaho after his wife's murder in 2005, is expected to be back in Durham Friday morning to face charges in the crime.

Police arrested Raven Abaroa in Idaho earlier this month. He faces charges in the stabbing death of his pregant wife Janet who was 25-years-old at the time.

Abaroa will go before a magistrate Friday and is expected to have his first appearance as early as Monday."

More at link.

02-26-2010, 02:43 PM
Man charged in wife's death returns to Durham


Posted: Today at 9:56 a.m.
Updated: 17 minutes ago

Durham, N.C. — Authorities on Friday brought a former Durham resident charged with killing his wife almost five years ago back to town to face a murder charge in the case.

Raven Abaroa, 30, was arrested Feb. 1 at his home in Montpelier, Idaho. He is charged with first-degree murder in the April 2005 slaying of 25-year-old Janet Christiansen Abaroa.

He arrived at the Durham Police Department shortly after 1 p.m. and declined to comment as investigators led him inside.

* Rest at link

Reporter: Erin Hartness (http://www.wral.com/rs/bio/1702289/)
Web Editor: Matthew Burns (http://www.wral.com/apps/feedback/feedback/?d_id_person=195)

02-26-2010, 02:50 PM


Abaroa arrives in Durham

DURHAM (WTVD) -- Raven Abaroa, the man suspected in the 2005 murder of his pregnant wife, returned to Durham Friday.

*rest at above link

02-26-2010, 06:49 PM

From staff reports

DURHAM -- Murder suspect Raven Abaroa was extradited to Durham Friday on a charge he killed his pregnant wife nearly five years ago.

He is being held without bail at the Durham County Jail.

02-26-2010, 08:18 PM


DURHAM (WTVD) -- Raven Abaroa, the man suspected in the 2005 murder of his pregnant wife, returned to Durham Friday.

A grand jury indicted Abaroa last week, and he waived extradition from Idaho, where he has been living.

"Once we had enough evidence to arrest him we made the arrest," Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez told reporters right after the arrest.
Lopez says new leads and different investigators working on the case helped lead to a break, which is a relief to Janet Abaroa's family.

"We're glad he's back in North Carolina and now the process can move forward," said family spokesperson Tim Dowd.


02-26-2010, 08:42 PM

DURHAM—A Durham murder suspect arrived back in North Carolina on Friday after being extradicted from Idaho.

02-28-2010, 11:09 AM
Man charged in wife's death returns to Durham

Posted: Feb. 26, 2010

Durham, N.C. — Authorities on Friday brought a former Durham resident charged with killing his wife almost five years ago back to town to face a murder charge in the case.

*Powerful video and statements made

03-01-2010, 12:01 PM

URHAM (WTVD) -- Raven Abaroa had his first appearance in a Durham courtroom to face charges of murder delayed Monday.

View all 5 photos (http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/gallery?section=news/local&id=7299936&photo=1&pid=7303599)


Abaroa's first court appearance has now been rescheduled for Tuesday

Read all at above link!

03-02-2010, 05:46 PM

No death penalty sought in Durham mother's slaying

"Prosecutors said Tuesday that they don't plan to seek the death penalty against a former Durham resident charged with killing his wife almost five years ago."

Further down in the article:

"Prosecutors said Tuesday that a bloody sweatshirt links Abaroa to his wife's death. In asking for the $5 million bond, they also noted that he lied to investigators by telling them he lived near Salt Lake City when he was in Idaho."

** more at link **

03-02-2010, 05:58 PM

Video of Raven's court appearance on Tuesday, March 2, 2010.

03-03-2010, 12:33 PM

Raven walking into Court

Published Wed, Mar 03, 2010 05:22 AM
Modified Wed, Mar 03, 2010 12:43 AM
Dead woman's kin attend hearing

DURHAM Their silence was the loudest presence in the room.
About 20 family members and friends of Janet Abaroa sat in the first two rows of a Durham courtroom Tuesday afternoon to watch her husband's first appearance before a Durham judge.
Raven Abaroa, 30, was arrested Feb. 2 at his home in Montpelier, Idaho.

*You can read article in full at above link

The murder case is one of two legal proceedings that the families are dealing with. Janet Abaroa's relatives are fighting for custody of Kaiden, who is with Raven Abaroa's relatives.

The hearing Tuesday was filled with nervousness for Janet Abaroa's family members, said Tim Dowd, a family spokesman.

"We're all a bit anxious to be physically in the same room face to face with the person we suspect murdered our loved one," said Dowd, a former neighbor of the couple.

"It's a little bit unnerving, but I think there is strength in numbers, and the family wanted to be here today, Dowd added. "They wanted to make a statement that they'll be here throughout the entire process."
stan.chambers@newsobserver.com or 919-932-2025

03-03-2010, 05:01 PM

Death penalty not sought in Durham case

DURHAM Prosecutors will not seek the death penalty against Raven Abaroa.
He also was given a $5 million bond, Durham Assistant District Attorney Jim Dornfried said.


Chapel Hill lawyer Amos Tyndall will represent Abaroa, who remains in the Durham County jail. His next court date will be the week of May 3.

stan.chambers@newsobserver.com or 919-932-2025

06-03-2010, 08:40 PM
Durham police ask to exhume slain mom's body


Durham, N.C. — The family of a Durham woman killed inside her home five years ago have given authorities consent to exhume her body.
In a statement Thursday, Janet Christiansen Abaroa's family said the Durham Police Department and the district attorney's office recently made the request to remove her remains from her Pennsylvania grave.

Police to exhume Janet Abaroa


DURHAM (WTVD) -- The Durham Police Department has requested the family's permission and consent to exhume Janet Abaroa's body from her final resting place in Pennsylvania - permission and consent were granted.
Investigators want to gather more evidence before the trial of Janet's husband Raven on first-degree murder charges.

Authorities extradited Abaroa from Idaho on February 26. Janet was found stabbed to death in the couple's Durham home in 2005. She was pregnant at the time of her death.



07-01-2010, 02:45 PM

Husband balks at exhuming slain Durham woman's remains

DURHAM, N.C. — The man accused of stabbing his wife to death inside their Durham home five years ago has objected to an attempt by police and prosecutors to exhume her body.

Attorney Amos Tyndall previously said Raven Abaroa had no objections to removing Janet Christiansen Abaroa's remains from her Pennsylvania grave. Janet Abaroa's family issued a statement Thursday saying that they learned Wednesday that Raven Abaroa had refused to sign a court order allowing the exhumation.

more at link.

07-01-2010, 06:39 PM

Family: Abaroa exhumation stalled

... Now that Raven has refused to sign an order of court consent for the exhumation, the Christiansen family said in a statement Thursday that the process will now likely take months instead of weeks. It says it will appear in court in Pennsylvania to ask a judge to move forward with the investigation....

More at link.

07-08-2010, 04:09 PM

Published Thu, Jul 08, 2010 12:21 PM
Modified Thu, Jul 08, 2010 12:23 PM

Abaroa's attorney attempting to halt exhumation

DURHAM Raven Abaroa's attorney will be in Chambersburg, Pa., Friday trying to stop the exhumation of Janet Christiansen Abaroa's body.
Raven Abaroa is charged with first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of his pregnant wife in 2005.

Five years later, this February, police in Idaho arrested Abaroa, 30, at his home in Montpelier. Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez Sr. has said Abaroa's arrest came because investigators continued to follow leads with help from the FBI and State Bureau of Investigation.

Last month, the Christiansen family consented to let the Durham Police and district attorney's office exhume Janet Abaroa's body seeking evidence.
"While this is heartbreaking and emotionally difficult for the family, it is yet one more example of this family's commitment to pursuing justice for Janet," the family said in a statement.

Lauren Sulcove, an assistant district attorney in Franklin County, Pa., has petitioned the court there to approve digging up Abaroa's body on behalf of Durham authorities.

"Raven Abaroa is opposing it," Sulcove said.

Abaroa's attorney Amos Tyndall of Chapel Hill hasn't filed any motion yet, Sulcove said, but he has told her he'll appear in court Friday at 1:30 p.m.

jesse.deconto@newsobserver.com or 919-932-8760

07-08-2010, 10:32 PM
http://www.herald-mail.com/?cmd=displaystory&story_id=248741&format=html (http://www.herald-mail.com/?cmd=displaystory&story_id=248741&format=html)

Prosecutors in murder case seek exhumation of body

Remains of Janet Christiansen Abaroa requested for tests

July 8, 2010
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Prosecutors in a North Carolina murder case are asking Franklin County (Pa.) Judge Douglas Herman to sign an order to exhume the remains of a woman buried in Brown’s Mill Cemetery.
Court documents state the Durham County (N.C.) District Attorney’s Office is requesting the remains of Janet Christiansen Abaroa for four tests. It wants fingerprints, casts of her hands and marks made on her skeleton by the weapon, as well as an answer to whether there are contact lenses in her eyes.

Abaroa’s lifeless body was found in her Durham home on April 26, 2005, court documents state.

Police obtained an arrest warrant for her husband, Raven Abaroa, and charged him with murder earlier this year. After having previously been indicted by a grand jury, Raven Abaroa was arrested Feb. 1 on the warrant, according to court documents and published reports.
Janet Christiansen Abaroa’s family is expected to attend a hearing before Herman at 1:30 p.m. today. A family spokesman said the woman’s father was subpoenaed, and others want to attend in a show of support for further testing and prosecution of the person charged in her death.
It was “extremely distressing” for the next-of-kin to decide to proceed with exhumation, family spokesman Tim Dowd said.

“The family recognizes this is an ongoing investigation, and the family wants to see justice,” he said.

Court documents state that, through his attorney, Raven Abaroa initially consented to the exhumation and later disagreed with it. They also state the victim’s 5-year-old son is too young to be asked for his consent as next-of-kin, but her parents and siblings all signed forms.

“Mr. Abaroa objects to the commonwealth’s petition to exhume Mrs. Abaroa’s body ... to conduct experiments that have no scientific validity, will be performed without a specific or established protocol, and are designed to support conclusions the analysts have already reached about the case,” defense attorney Amos Tyndall wrote in a statement obtained by The Herald-Mail.


07-09-2010, 05:01 PM

Judge orders remains of slain Durham woman be exhumed

CHAMBERSBURG, PA. — A Pennsylvania judge ordered Friday that the remains of a woman killed in her Durham home five years ago be exhumed so authorities can search for evidence in her death.

(more at link)

07-14-2010, 05:51 PM

In a highly unusual case, investigators are traveling to the small Pennsylvania cemetery where Janet Abaroa was buried five years ago to see if she was wearing contact lenses at the time of her murder.

Snipped more at link - including the 911 call

Raven Abaroa tells dispatchers his wife Janet is dead and blood is everywhere.

The victim's former husband, Raven Abaroa, is charged with first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of his pregnant wife in North Carolina. He had fought the exhumation in court, but a Pennsylvania judge sided with the prosecution.

07-19-2010, 12:32 PM

By Jesse James DeConto - Staff writer

Authorities today will exhume the body of Janet Christiansen Abaroa from her Pennsylvania grave.
Raven Abaroa is accused of stabbing his pregnant wife to death five years ago.

Ten days ago, a judge in Franklin County, Pa., approved a request from the Durham Police Department to dig up the victim's body to collect evidence.

Read more: http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/07/19/588392/slain-womans-body-to-be-exhumed.html#ixzz0u99oSHC5

07-19-2010, 12:34 PM

DURHAM (WTVD) -- The body of Janet Abaroa is scheduled to be exhumed today in Pennsylvania.
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She was murdered in her Durham home five years ago, and her husband is charged with her death.
Last week, a Pennsylvania judge told Durham County prosecutors they could exhume Janet's remains for more evidence in their case against Raven Abaroa.

07-19-2010, 09:23 PM


Sunday evening, a spokesman for Janet's family released this statement:

"The family is disappointed that their request to suspend video taping during the portion of the procedure that would involve the removal of Mrs. Abaroa’s sacred burial clothing was denied by Mr. Abaroa and his attorney, Amos Tyndall. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints himself, one would expect that Mr. Abaroa would understand the significance of this request, especially considering it has no evidentiary value."

Franklin County coroner Jeff Conner said he and his staff will be with the body for the next 48 hours, until it is re-interned in Janet's family plot at Brown's Mill Cemetery in Antrim Township on Wednesday morning.


07-20-2010, 09:59 AM


Although most of her immediate family lives in Virginia, Janet was buried in Brown's Mill Cemetery near Greencastle. Dowd said she was buried in a large family plot, next to the body of her sister, who died years ago of leukemia.

The closest marker to Abaroa's grave simply reads "Christiansen." There is no stone bearing her full name and the dates of her birth and death.
"Raven was adamant that he was going to take care of that, and here we are over five years later and there's nothing there," Dowd said.
He added that the family will likely install a headstone after the case is finally closed.

In addition to investigators, a representative of Raven Abaroa's defense was at the exhumation. As per the judge's orders, this person was allowed to videotape the exhumation and examination.

Dowd said the Christiansen family are devout members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. According to their faith, Janet was buried in "temple garments," which are considered sacred.

While the Durham police have agreed not to record video of the open casket until these garments are removed from Janet's body, the defense declined the Christiansen family's request.

"It's kind of a slap in the face for the family," Dowd said.
After the evidence has been gathered today, the remains will be sent back to Geisel Funeral Home for the night, Dowd said. Re-interment is tentatively scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, according to Conner.

By court order, the remains are supposed to be out of the ground for no more than 48 hours, Conner said. He said a time limit is standard procedure for exhumations, and investigators in this case shouldn't need more than the limit.

"We don't want that body out of the ground any longer than necessary, out of respect for the family," he said.

01-13-2011, 10:59 AM
The Durham News
2010: A look back
Events that made news

Published: Jan 02, 2011 02:00 AM
Modified: Dec 30, 2010 08:10 PM



Rebuilding Rolling Hills/Southside remained little more than plans on paper in 2010. In January, Durham misses out on a $31 million federal stimulus grant for the project, and in August misses out on $1.3 million in state tax credits expected to finance Phase 1 construction.


Duke lacrosse accuser Crystal Mangum returns to the public eye after setting fire to a pile of her boyfriend's clothes during a fight. After the most serious charges are dropped, she is later sentenced to 88 days of time served.

Durham police extradite Raven Abaroa from Idaho to face prosecution in the 2005 murder of his pregnant wife. The case remained unsolved until an SBI analyst re-examined blood stains on Abaroa's shirt, which may point to his guilt.

...snipped read rest at link

Just the Fax
01-13-2011, 08:49 PM
" The case remained unsolved until an SBI analyst re-examined blood stains on Abaroa's shirt, which may point to his guilt."

Very poor timing to count on the embattled SBI blood experts for a conviction.

09-06-2011, 06:36 PM

Tuesday Raven Abaroa asked a judge to reduce his $5 million bond to $500,000. Instead, the judge lowered his bond to $3 million.

03-08-2012, 05:36 PM

The family of a Durham woman killed almost seven years ago said Thursday that they are worried the recent ouster of District Attorney Tracey Cline will delay the prosecution of the case.

03-08-2012, 05:43 PM

DURHAM (WTVD) -- The wheels of justice are known to turn slowly, but the family of a murdered Durham woman told ABC11 Thursday that "enough is enough."

03-08-2012, 09:37 PM
ABC News 11
Tamara Gibbs

"I think the citizens of Durham need to understand there's something going on there. We need to make sure that cases that need to be tried - that process needs to move forward however way," said Dowd.


04-12-2012, 12:33 PM
ABC 11

Family of slain woman fed up with trial delays

Janet Abaroa was pregnant when someone stabbed her to death seven years ago and relatives want answers.


06-25-2012, 01:42 PM
Trial date set for October!


10-21-2012, 09:43 AM


Abaroa's defense attorney asked for a continuance, telling the judge he had just, earlier in October, received more than 10,000 pages of scientific notes and reports from the SBI lab.

The defense attorney said he hadn't had enough time to read all of it, much less have scientific experts analyze it.

The assistant district attorney told the judge that Janet's family has been waiting more than seven years for justice in the case.

10-21-2012, 09:44 AM

DURHAM (WTVD) -- A judge has decided to postpone the trial of a man accused of murdering his pregnant wife in 2005.

Raven Abaroa took the stand during his pretrial hearing Friday to talk about evidence in the case. The defense wanted to suppress evidence gathered at Abaroa's home, specifically the laptop computer he reported missing.

12-05-2012, 04:25 PM

O’Foghludha denied the request to let Abaroa out of custody and moved the trial date to April 22 or April 29.

Read more: The Herald-Sun - Trial in pregnant woman’s slaying delayed again

04-12-2013, 11:58 AM

"Raven Abaroa, 33, is charged with first-degree murder in the April 26, 2005, death of his wife, 25-year-old Janet Abaroa. She was pregnant with her second child when she was stabbed to death in an upstairs room at the couple's home."

04-12-2013, 08:36 PM

Video from ABC11

04-12-2013, 10:34 PM

Attorneys readying for Abaroa murder trial

Apr. 12, 2013 @ 06:28 PM
BY BETH VELLIQUETTE bvelliquette@heraldsun.com; 919-419-6632

A copy of a computer disc that purports to be from Raven Abaroa's computer could be introduced into evidence at his murder trial, a judge ruled Friday.
Abaroa, 33, appeared in Durham County Criminal Superior Court Friday morning for a pre-trial motion. He is scheduled to go on trial April 23 for first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Janet Marie Christiansen Abaroa, 25, on April 26, 2005.
Abaroa was not charged and arrested for the murder until Feb. 26, 2010. He was living in Idaho at the time. He is accused of stabbing her to death in their home on Ferrand Drive as their six-month-old baby, Kaiden, slept in another room.

04-19-2013, 01:26 PM

Defense: no you must exclude any evidence that may make our client to look guilty.

04-22-2013, 03:45 PM

04-22-2013, 05:58 PM

Four months before she was stabbed to death in her Durham home, Janet Christiansen Abaroa told a friend that she was scared of her husband and was concerned that he might be bi-polar or manic depressive.

04-22-2013, 07:23 PM

"On the eve of the trial of Raven Samuel Abaroa, charged with killing his wife in 2005, Abaroa’s attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the charge of murder against their client, saying the state allowed critical evidence to deteriorate or be destroyed."

04-23-2013, 10:40 AM

Motion to dismiss the charge of murder was denied.

04-23-2013, 01:39 PM

04-23-2013, 10:58 PM

Jury selections started today.

04-24-2013, 11:08 PM

Twelve jurors were seated as of Wednesday afternoon in the trial of a man accused of killing his wife in their Durham home eight years ago.

04-25-2013, 10:14 PM

Check out 1/2 way through the article and click the video link a special report with Julia Sims.

04-29-2013, 10:25 PM

"Each witness is a piece of the puzzle," Bumm said. "It's your job to determine what the facts are and how each of one those facts, each one of those pieces fits into this puzzle."

04-29-2013, 10:27 PM

The first witness called to the stand by prosecutors was Janet's mother Janet Christiansen. She said she knew of no physical abuse in the relationship, but said her daughter told her Raven would verbally abuse her when he was feeling down.

04-29-2013, 10:28 PM

Janet Christiansen said she was close to her daughter but said when she would try to call her, Janet’s husband, Raven Abaroa, would call back.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/04/29/2858348/heed-evidence-prosecutors-say.html#storylink=cpy

05-01-2013, 05:01 PM

"Prosecutors reportedly offered a plea deal to a man accused of killing his wife in their Durham home eight years ago, sources tell WRAL News."

05-03-2013, 11:01 PM

BY BETH VELLIQUETTE; bvelliquette@heraldsun.com; 919-419-6632

Raven Abaroa told a member of his church that his wife, Janet, spoke to him before she died, according to testimony in his murder trial Friday.
Abaroa, 33, is standing trial for first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his wife, Janet Marie Christianson Abaroa, 25, on June 26, 2005.

05-03-2013, 11:04 PM

Jeff Bickert, the husband of Janet Abaroa’s sister, Krista, talked with Janet often on the phone. He travelled to Durham on business in February 2005, and the Abaroas watched his new puppy at their home on Ferrand Drive while he was in town. He said he knew of the couple’s marital and financial problems from talking to Janet, including when they split up in 2004 after Raven’s infidelities.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/05/03/2868978/friends-of-durham-woman-testify.html#storylink=cpy

05-03-2013, 11:06 PM

As he was getting ready to leave, "They embraced. She began to cry," Craig said.
Craig asked Abaroa why she was crying, and he said, she said, "I can't do this again."

05-03-2013, 11:07 PM

DURHAM, N.C. — Some members of Raven and Janet Abaroa's Durham church initially thought that she killed herself on the night of April 26, 2005, a member of their church testified Friday in his first-degree murder trial.

"Janet Abaroa was often quiet and "submissive" when they were together, he added."

05-07-2013, 08:38 PM

Janet Abaroa's friends paint picture of a troubled marriage

Friends and co-workers of Janet Abaroa described the troubled marriage she had with her husband Raven and some of their struggles in the months prior to her death.

05-07-2013, 08:39 PM

Janet Abaroa was scared of husband, friend testifies

DURHAM, N.C. — A family friend of Janet Abaroa testified Tuesday during her husband's first-degree murder trial that the 25-year-old confided in her just months before her stabbing death that she was scared of him.

05-08-2013, 07:40 AM


05-08-2013, 10:19 PM

DURHAM, N.C. — Less than five months before Janet Abaroa was found dead in her Durham home in 2005, her husband had asked about life insurance policies of up to $1 million on both of them, a longtime friend of the couple testified Wednesday in Raven Abaroa's first-degree murder trial


05-08-2013, 10:20 PM

DURHAM (WTVD) -- Testifying through tears Wednesday, Janet Abaroa's college friend told the jury about what she heard and saw during Janet's marriage to Raven Abaroa.

05-08-2013, 10:23 PM
Janet Abaroa wanted to leave, chose to stay, friends testify
May. 08, 2013 @ 07:13 PM
By Beth Velliquette bvelliquette@heraldsun.com; 919-419-6632

When Janet found out she was pregnant, she felt that she had to stay, Romito said.

"She told me her greatest fear was that her child would ever be alone with Raven," Romito said.

Under objections from Abaroa's attorney, Romito told a story that she attributed to Raven, about chasing a prowler away from their home in Virginia with a knife.

When she asked Raven Abaroa why he chased the prowler so far, Abaroa told her he was going to stab him to death.

05-09-2013, 10:53 PM

DURHAM (WTVD) -- The sister of Janet Abaroa shed tears on the witness stand Thursday. Sonja Flood told the jury why Janet stayed in her marriage to Raven Abaroa that may have claimed her life.

05-09-2013, 11:12 PM

By Jane Porter — jporter@newsobserver.com

DURHAM — The sister of Janet Abaroa, the Durham woman fatally stabbed April 26, 2005, told jurors she found a CD copy of Raven Abaroa’s laptop hard drive that appeared to have been made the day before Janet Abaroa’s slaying.

Sonja Flood said she looked through Raven Abaroa’s bags when he was staying with her family in Virginia for a short time after her sister’s death because she thought he was not fully cooperating with the police investigation.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/05/09/2883006/sister-of-slain-durham-woman-found.html#storylink=cpy

05-10-2013, 10:12 PM

DURHAM, N.C. — Blood on Raven Abaroa's sweatshirt appeared to be inconsistent with a statement he made to police investigators that he hugged his wife after finding her balled up in an upstairs room of the couple's Durham home eight years ago.

05-10-2013, 10:15 PM
DURHAM (WTVD) -- Blood evidence was the main focus of testimony Friday in the Raven Abaroa murder trial.


05-10-2013, 10:20 PM
http://www.heraldsun.com/news/x383681404/Blood-spatter-expert-No-struggle-when-Janet-Abaroa-was-attackedBlood spatter expert: No struggle when Janet Abaroa was attacked

May. 10, 2013 @ 05:13 PM
BY BETH VELLIQUETTE bvelliquette@heraldsun.com; 919-419-6632

A blood spatter analyst testified Friday that the crime scene indicated there was no struggle when Janet Abaroa was stabbed to death.

Raven Abaroa, 33, is on trial in the Durham County Courthouse for first-degree murder in the death of his wife in 2005 at their home Ferrand Drive in Durham.

05-13-2013, 09:29 PM

Raven Abaroa's second wife testified Monday during his first-degree murder trial that he called her names and threw her against the wall on the day of her bridal shower – testimony that defense attorneys unsuccessfully argued to keep jurors from hearing.

05-13-2013, 09:30 PM

DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) -- A former coworker of Raven Abaroa's testified Monday that he pressured her into sex while on a trip to Charlotte.

05-14-2013, 07:54 PM

By Jane Porter

DURHAM — jporter@newsobserver.com

Jurors saw a home video Tuesday in which Raven Abaroa implies Durham police left a knife behind in the house where his wife was murdered eight years ago.

A police investigator who testified in Durham County Superior Court said that did not happen.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/05/14/2892645/jurors-in-abaroa-murder-trial.html#storylink=cpy

05-14-2013, 07:55 PM

DURHAM, N.C. — A man on trial for killing his wife more than eight years ago videotaped phone conversations he had with police and then appeared to talk with himself on camera, according to a video that investigators seized from his home after his arrest.

05-14-2013, 07:59 PM

"I think the more stuff I give them the more stuff that gets leaked to any type of pending litigation whether it be libel against Websleuths, slanderous talk against internet people and it really, it really makes it difficult, so, I need to win the lottery..." Raven Abaroa

05-15-2013, 09:01 PM

Janet Abaroa's friends and family have testified that she was scared of her husband and his drastic mood swings and that she thought he might have had bipolar disorder.

"When she was around him, she was nervous," her sister, Erica Bakey, told jurors Wednesday afternoon.

Bakey testified that, during college, her sister had to get permission from Raven Abaroa before going places and that later on in their marriage, he was always with his wife and never let her be alone on family visits.

"It felt like she was slowly disappearing," Bakey said. "The joking, happy, upbeat sister I knew – by the time Kaiden was born – wasn't there anymore. Her personality was gone."

05-15-2013, 09:04 PM

05-15-2013, 09:07 PM

05-16-2013, 02:21 PM

Contact lenses found when Janet Abaroa's body exhumed.

05-16-2013, 10:31 PM

Evidence in Abaroa case found locked in cabinet
May. 16, 2013 @ 07:52 PM
By Beth Velliquette bvelliquette@heraldsun.com; 919-419-6632

Will newly rediscovered evidence in the trial of Raven Abaroa reveal the truth about what happened the night Janet Abaroa was stabbed to death on April 26, 2005?

On Thursday morning, after receiving information about the location of evidence in the Raven Abaroa trial, Detective Charles Sole of the Durham Police Department went to the department's forensic office, unlocked a cabinet and found evidence from the Abaroa case stored there, said Assistant District Attorney Charlene Coggins-Franks Thursday.

05-16-2013, 10:32 PM

By Jane Porter

DURHAM — jporter@newsobserver.com

Janet Abaroa was buried in her contact lenses, a crime scene investigator who witnessed the 2010 exhumation of her body and an ophthalmologist who examined her remains testified in the Raven Abaroa murder trial Thursday.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/05/16/2897588/focus-turns-to-contact-lenses.html#storylink=cpy

06-06-2013, 09:41 AM

A juror convinced of Raven Abaroa’s guilt says the lone dissenter in the murder trial “reneged on his promise” to base his verdict on circumstantial evidence in the case.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/06/05/2941663/hearing-thursday-to-set-new-trial.html#storylink=cpy

06-06-2013, 09:53 AM
Aaaand now WRAL says the hearing is at noon. I guess we'll wait a couple more hours!

06-06-2013, 12:03 PM

Raven Abaroa, whose murder trial ended in a mistrial last week, is scheduled to appear again today in Durham County Criminal Superior Court to set a new date for his trial.
However, Abaroa could come to court and plead guilty to killing his wife, Janet Abaroa, although that scenario appears unlikely based on a waiver his attorney filed Wednesday asking that he not be brought to the courtroom for the hearing.

Odd this was posted like 2 minutes ago and it's after 12:00 now.

06-06-2013, 01:47 PM

DURHAM (WTVD) -- A new trial date has been set in the Raven Abaroa murder case after he denied a plea deal Thursday.

New trial date of January 13, 2014

06-07-2013, 07:21 PM

12-28-2013, 01:29 PM

New trial date of February 17, 2014

03-12-2014, 09:33 PM

Her father, two sisters and a family friend spoke, asking why Abaroa didn’t just divorce his wife instead of killing her.

“Janet loved Raven,” said LaVerte Dowd, a close family friend of the young couple when they were newlyweds. “She loved Raven. She was willing to overlook his infidelities. She was willing to overlook his embezzlement, his controlling nature. She wanted their marriage to work because she loved him.”

“He threw that away as though it was garbage,” Dowd said.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/03/12/3694987/durham-man-pleads-guilty-to-manslaughter.html#storylink=cpy

03-13-2014, 12:25 AM

03-21-2014, 12:56 PM

Woman 'Lucky' to Get Away from Husband Accused of Murdering 1st Wife

ust days after Raven Abaroa -- who was accused of killing his wife, Janet Abaroa, in 2005 -- agreed to plead guilty to a voluntary manslaughter charge, his second wife said she was lucky to get away from him.

"I was lucky enough to get out," Vanessa Pond told ABC News' John Quinones in an interview this week. "Janet was not. I don't want to see that again."

Raven Abaroa entered an Alford plea on March 12, acknowledging that there was evidence to convict him but not admitting guilt. A judge sentenced him to between 95 and 123 months in jail. But, with time served, he could be out in less than four years.

"I was shocked. But ... more than that, I was shocked at what the plea deal turned out to be," Pond said. "That's not justice at all. It's not justice."


Pond had advice for other women who might meet Raven Abaroa when he is released from jail.

"Please listen to what's out there, what's available on the Internet," Pond said. "Please don't be drawn in, and please get away ... as fast as you can."

03-21-2014, 02:11 PM

Good Morning America Segment regarding Janet's murder. This goes into a legal analyses of the Alford Plea.